'Harry Potter' Play Wins First Major Theater Award

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Jamie Parker and Poppy Miller star as adult Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley in 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' Palace Theatre, London. The play won the top prize at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards Sunday. Manuel Harlan

Just a few months into its run in London's West End, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling's two-part blockbuster play, has won its first major theater award.

The production—co-written by Rowling and Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany—won Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in London Sunday night.

Although Rowling was not in attendance, she sent a message read by Hermione Granger actress Noma Dumezweni that praised Thorne and Tiffany for "crafting the bare bones of a story into something very special."

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in July to positive reviews (read Newsweek's take here).

It follows a now adult Harry Potter sending his son, Albus, off to Hogwarts wizarding school 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The play has sold out at the Palace Theatre in London until December 2017. Further tickets for performances between late 2017 and February 2018 will go on sale later this month.

The script for Cursed Child also broke sales records on book charts globally, becoming the fastest-selling release in a decade in the U.K. It was recently nominated for Waterstones' book of the year prize.

Other winners at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards included Ralph Fiennes, who earned Best Actor for plays The Master Builder and Richard III, Best Actress recipient Billie Piper for Yerma and Glenn Close, who won Best Musical Performance for Sunset Boulevard.

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