“Cursed Child” Wins Best West End Show at WhatsOnStage Awards
The 18th annual WhatsOnStage Awards took place Sunday night at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won both awards it was nominated for this year, including Best West End Show!
Cursed Child beat out other major productions Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and Kinky Boots to win the top prize. Current cast members Jamie Glover (Harry), Rakie Ayola (Hermione), and Thomas Aldridge (Ron) celebrate with their award below.
Last year, the play took home a record-breaking eight awards, including Best New Play, Best Actor for Jamie Parker (Harry), Best Supporting Actor for Anthony Boyle (Scorpius), and Best Supporting Actress for Noma Dumezweni (Hermione).
Cursed Child was also recognized on Sunday with the award for Best Show Poster – accepted by graphic designer Simon Williams of Feast Creative, below.
Meanwhile, the play’s producer, Sonia Friedman, a major West End theater producer, was honored with the Equity Award for Services to Theatre.
And former Harry Potter actor David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.) won Best Actor in a Play for his role in Don Juan in Soho. His award was accepted by his son Ty Tennant.
The WhatsOnStage Awards are the only major UK theater awards that are voted on by audiences. Clearly, British theatergoers are still loving Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
Of course, the production will soon be opening in the US on Broadway. Click here to read what J.K Rowling, playwright Jack Thorne, and director John Tiffany had to say recently about the big move.