Record-breaking Olivier Awards success for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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The magic of Harry Potter has led to record-breaking awards success for the West End show which stars two Norfolk actors.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts One and Two picked up nine prestigious Olivier Awards last night in London.
Among the play's cast is Sam Clemmett, from Brundall, who plays Harry Potter's son Albus, and Poppy Miller, from Norwich, who plays Harry Potter's wife Ginny.
Following the announcement of the awards, Mr Clemmett, 23, tweeted: 'Couldn't be prouder.'
The two-part spectacular, currently on stage at the Palace Theatre, won the accolade for best play, while the show's director John Tiffany scooped the best director prize, beating himself in the category for his other show The Glass Menagerie.
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Jamie Parker, who plays Harry Potter, won best actor, Noma Dumezweni, who plays Hermione, won best supporting actress, and Anthony Boyle, who plays Scorpius Malfoy, won best supporting actor. The show also picked up the prizes for best costume, set, lighting and sound design.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two sees JK Rowling's magical world brought to life years in the future, after the boy wizard has had children of his own.
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When Sam Clemmett returned to Norwich last week to work with MoCo Theatre Company on their new production of A Clockwork Orange at the Shoe Factory Social Club, he spoke of how the whole Harry Potter cast continued to 'love the buzz and every single minute' of being involved in the two shows, describing the magic on stage as 'amazing.'
However, Mr Clemmett, an alumnus of the Norwich Theatre Royal arts course and a former Thorpe St Andrew School pupil, said it was actually the storytelling and the audience reaction that he finds the most spellbinding.
'As much as there is spectacle, it always goes back to the story for Potter,' he said.
'JK Rowling has created such rich characters and has created this fantasy universe full of so much humanity... yes we do magic on stage and the magic is amazing but it goes back to the characters and the storytelling...and this fantasy world affecting people's lives so deeply, it's just the most amazing thing.'