Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Wins 9 Olivier Awards

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With the Harry Potter series having dominated both the book charts and the box office, J K Rowling's creation has now extended that superiority into the theatre world, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child winning a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards.

It's already a commercial and critical success, but we'll find out tonight if Harry Potter And The Cursed Child cleans up at the Olivier Awards.

In addition to setting the record as the most decorated play in Olivier history, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" also broke the record for most nominations, as it had picked up a grand total of 11.

Jamie Parker won the Best Actor prize for his performance as the grown-up Harry, while Noma Dumezweni collected Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Hermione Grainger.

Boyle - who is nominated for best supporting actor - said he's thrilled to be a part of a show that's helping introduce a new audience to theatre.

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Those shows each won seven Oliviers, which are Britain's equivalent of the Tony Awards.

Written by Jack Thorne and based on an original story by Thorne and J.K. Rowling, the Cursed Child is a theatrical sequel to Rowling's Harry Potter novels.

And it swept the four design awards for costume, lighting, set and sound.

Parker, who portrays the older Harry, saw off competition from the likes of Ian McKellen and Ed Harris for his prize.

Mark Rylance and Claire van Kampen pose for photographers as they arrive for the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, Sunday, April 9, 2017.

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Other winners on the night included Billie Piper, named best actress for her role in the Young Vic's production of Yerma, where she plays "a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child".

American performer Amber Riley was named best actress in a musical for her Dreamgirls role.

Actress Judi Dench praised the actor-director saying, "I am so glad you are getting this award".

Best musical revival went to Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical Jesus Christ Superstar, which was first performed in 1971.

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