Harry Potter And The Cursed Child has become the most nominated new play in Olivier Awards history.
The stage production, a sequel to J.K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter novels and movies, received 11 mentions on Monday (06Mar17), making it the most nominated new play ever and the joint record holder for the most nominated production alongside Hairspray for its 2008 West End run.
Harry Potter's nominations include Best New Play, Best Actor for Jamie Parker, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Anthony Boyle, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Noma Dumezweni and Best Director for John Tiffany, as well as nods in technical categories.
Parker will go up against Ian McKellen, who scored his 10th nomination for his role in No Man's Land, Ed Harris (Buried Child) and Tom Hollander (Travesties), while nominees for Best Actor in a Musical include David Fynn (School of Rock), Andy Karl (Groundhog Day), Charlie Stemp (Half a Sixpence) and Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar).
Former Glee star Amber Riley landed a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Effie White in London stage adaptation of Dreamgirls and will go up against Glenn Close for Sunset Boulevard, "The Girls" from The Girls, and Sheridan Smith for Funny Girl.
She took to Instagram to express her excitement, writing, "It feels like my heart just dropped into my butt what is happening?!?!? This is so crazy!!!! I'm so grateful and happy, and confused lol aaaaaahhhhhh Olivier Nominee!!!!!! God is good faith and trust always."
For drama, the Best Actress accolade will be a tough battle between Ruth Wilson (Hedda Gabler), Billie Piper (Yerma), Glenda Jackson (King Lear) and Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie).
Other Best New Play nominees include The Flick, Elegy, One Night in Miami, while the Best Revival shortlist includes Travesties, Yerma, The Glass Menagerie and This House.
Groundhog Day, the leading musical with eight nominations, received a nod for Best New Musical alongside The Girls, Dreamgirls and School of Rock, while Funny Girl, Jesus Christ Superstar, Show Boat and Sunset Boulevard complete the Best Musical Revival shortlist.
And Sir Kenneth Branagh will be honored during the ceremony for his outstanding contribution to the theater.
The 2017 Olivier Awards take place on 9 April (17) at London's Royal Albert Hall.
The main list of nominees are as follows:
Ed Harris - Buried Child
Tom Hollander - Travesties
Ian McKellen - No Man’s Land
Jamie Parker - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Billie Piper - Yerma
Glenda Jackson - King Lear
Cherry Jones - The Glass Menagerie
Ruth Wilson - Hedda Gabler
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Anthony Boyle - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Freddie Fox - Travesties
Brian J. Smith - The Glass Menagerie
Rafe Spall - Hedda Gabler
Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
The cast of Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour
Noma Dumezweni - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Clare Foster - Travesties
Kate O’Flynn - The Glass Menagerie
Best New Play:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
One Night In Miami…
The Glass Menagerie
Best New Comedy:
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour
Best Actress in a Musical:
Glenn Close - Sunset Boulevard
The cast of The Girls
Amber Riley - Dreamgirls
Sheridan Smith - Funny Girl
Best Actor in a Musical:
David Fynn - School of Rock
Tyrone Huntley - Jesus Christ Superstar
Andy Karl - Groundhog Day
Charlie Stemp - Half A Sixpence
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical:
Adam J. Bernard - Dreamgirls
Ian Bartholomew - Half a Sixpence
Ben Hunter - The Girls
Andrew Langtree - Groundhog Day
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical:
Emma Williams - Half a Sixpence
Rebecca Trehearn - Show Boat
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt - Murder Ballad
Haydn Gwynne - The Threepenny Opera
Mastercard Best New Musical:
School of Rock
Best Musical Revival:
Jesus Christ Superstar
Simon Stone - Yerma
John Tiffany - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
John Tiffany - The Glass Menagerie
Matthew Warchus - Groundhog Day