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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child leads nominations for WhatsOnStage Awards

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child [1] has picked up 11 nominations for this year’s WhatsOnStage Awards.

The shortlist also includes individual nominations for Billie Piper, Ralph Fiennes, Glenn Close, Freddie Fox [2] and Sheridan Smith [3].

Jamie Parker [4] is nominated in the best actor in a play category for his role in Harry Potter, while the production also receives four other nominations in the supporting categories – for Noma Dumezweni, Poppy Miller, Anthony Boyle and Paul Thornley.

Fiennes, Ian McKellen [5], Kenneth Branagh [6] and Ian Hallard complete the best actor in a play category, while the shortlist for best actress in a play includes Piper, Helen McCrory, Lily James, Michelle Terry [7] and Pixie Lott.

New musical Half a Sixpence [8] received the most nominations in its genre, with eight nods, including one for Charlie Stemp [9] for best actor in a musical, and Rachel Kavanaugh [10] for best direction.

Kavanaugh is up against Casey Nicholaw (for Aladdin [11]), John Tiffany (for Harry Potter), Matthew Warchus (for Groundhog Day [12]) and Michael Mayer (for Funny Girl [13]).

Dreamgirls, currently in previews, received five nominations, including best new musical. It is up against Aladdin, Groundhog Day, Half a Sixpence and School of Rock [14], the latter receiving just one nomination.

New plays recognised in the list include The Comedy About a Bank Robbery [15], The Flick [16], Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Mother [17] and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures [18].

Announcing the nominations, WhatsOnStage chief operating officer Sita McIntosh said this year’s shortlist acknowledged a “breadth and range of productions up and down the country”.

“I think it’s amazing that for the first time a play leads with 11 nominations. That’s unheard of and reflective of the impact Harry Potter ad the Cursed Child has had on the West End,” she said.

In 2014, musical Miss Saigon received 12 nominations for the same awards [19], yet Harry Potter is the first straight play to receive this many nods.

In total, 48 productions were nominated for the awards, which take place at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on February 19.


The nominations in full

Best actor in a play

Ian Hallard for The Boys in the Band
Ian McKellen for No Man’s Land
Jamie Parker for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Kenneth Branagh for The Entertainer
Ralph Fiennes for Richard III

Best actress in a play

Billie Piper for Yerma
Helen McCrory for The Deep Blue Sea
Lily James for Romeo and Juliet
Michelle Terry for Henry V
Pixie Lott for Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Best actor in a musical

Andy Karl for Groundhog Day
Charlie Stemp for Half a Sixpence
Michael C Hall for Lazarus
Michael Xavier for Sunset Boulevard
Ramin Karimloo for Murder Ballad

Best actress in a musical

Amber Riley for Dreamgirls
Carrie Hope Fletcher for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Devon-Elise Johnson for Half a Sixpence
Glenn Close for Sunset Boulevard
Sheridan Smith for Funny Girl

Best supporting actor in a play

Anthony Boyle for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Derek Jacobi for Romeo and Juliet
Freddie Fox for Travesties
Jonjo O’Neill for Unreachable
Paul Thornley for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Best supporting actress in a play

Jenna Russell for Doctor Faustus
Meera Syal for Romeo and Juliet
Noma Dumezweni for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Poppy Miller for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Vanessa Redgrave for Richard III

Best supporting actor in a musical

Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls
Ian Bartholomew for Half a Sixpence
Joel Montague for Funny Girl
Trevor Dion Nicholas for Aladdin
Tyrone Huntley for Jesus Christ Superstar

Best supporting actress in a musical

Amy Lennox for Lazarus
Emma Williams for Half a Sixpence
Rebecca Trehearn for Show Boat
Sophia Anne Caruso for Lazarus
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for Murder Ballad

Best new play

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
The Flick
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures
The Mother

Best new musical

Aladdin
Dreamgirls
Groundhog Day
Half a Sixpence
School of Rock

Best play revival

The Boys in the Band
The Deep Blue Sea
The Dresser
No Man’s Land
Travesties

Best musical revival

Funny Girl
Jesus Christ Superstar
Ragtime
Show Boat
Sunset Boulevard

Best direction

Casey Nicholaw for Aladdin
John Tiffany for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Matthew Warchus for Groundhog Day
Michael Mayer for Funny Girl
Rachel Kavanaugh for Half a Sixpence

Best choreography

Andrew Wright for Half a Sixpence
Casey Nicholaw for Aladdin
Casey Nicholaw for Dreamgirls
Drew McOnie for Jesus Christ Superstar
Peter Darling for Groundhog Day

Best costume design

Gregg Barnes for Aladdin
Gregg Barnes for Dreamgirls
Katrina Lindsay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Matthew Wright for Funny Girl
Paul Brown for Half a Sixpence

Best set design

Bob Crowley for Aladdin
Christine Jones for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Lez Brotherston for Show Boat
Miriam Buether for Wild
Rob Howell for Groundhog Day

Best lighting design

Charlie Morgan Jones for Little Shop of Horrors
Hugh Vanstone for Groundhog Day
Jack Weir for The Boys in the Band
Natasha Katz for Aladdin
Neil Austin for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Best video design

Andrzej Goulding for Groundhog Day
Finn Ross and Ash Woodward for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Finn Ross for The Tempest (RSC)
Laura Perrett for Murder Ballad
Tal Yarden for Lazarus

Best Off-West End production

The Boys in the Band, Park Theatre
Grey Gardens, Southwark Playhouse
The Last Five Years, St James Theatre
Side Show, Southwark Playhouse
Ragtime, Charing Cross Theatre

Best regional production

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, national tour
Flowers for Mrs Harris, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
The Girls, National Tour
The Grinning Man, Bristol Old Vic
Rent, national tour/St James Theatre

Best West End show

Kinky Boots
Les Miserables
Matilda the Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Wicked