The Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, left the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards victorious by netting itself the award for best play.
This should come as no surprise, given that the play opened in the West End earlier this year to rave reviews. We also saw Ralph Fiennes taking best actor for both The Master Builder and Richard III, while Billie Piper won herself best actress for Yerma at the Young Vic.
Cursed Child director John Tiffany, who accepted the award from Dame Maggie Smith, said: “”It’s a show about the peril of isolation, about unity, about family and about love.”
JK Rowling herself also had a message for the crowd, which was read by Noma Dumezweni – who plays Hermoine. Rowling praised writer Jack Thorne for “crafting the bare bones of a story into something very special”.
The evening also saw awards given to John Malkovich for best director for his production of Good Canary at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and Sean Mathias’s production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart, netted best revival.
The full list of winner is below.
- Best actor – Ralph Fiennes – The Master Builder (Old Vic) & Richard III (Almeida)
- Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress – Billie Piper – Yerma (Young Vic)
- Best play – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – co-written by Jack Thorne, JK Rowling & John Tiffany (Palace)
- Best musical performance – Glenn Close – Sunset Boulevard (Coliseum)
- Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
- Milton Shulman Award for Best Director – John Malkovich – Good Canary (Rose Kingston)
- Best revival- No Man’s Land (Wyndham’s)
- Best design – Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin (sound design) – The Encounter (Edinburgh International Festival/Barbican)
- Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright – Charlene James – Cuttin’ It (Young Vic/Royal Court)
- Emerging Talent Award – Tyrone Huntley – Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
- Beyond Theatre – Sir David Attenborough
- Editor’s Award – Good Chance Theatre
- Lebedev Award – Sir Kenneth Branagh