Angels in America and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are in the running for prizes at New Yorks theatre ceremony
Four British actors will battle it out at this years Tony awards in New York, recognised for the Broadway transfers of their hit London productions. Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Mark Rylance (Farinelli and the King), Tom Hollander (Travesties) and Andrew Garfield (Angels in America) will compete against Denzel Washington (The Iceman Cometh) in the category. They are nominated for playing, respectively, a boy wizard who has grown up, a sleep-deprived King Philippe V of Spain, a minor consular official in Zurich and a gay New Yorker with Aids who journeys to heaven.
British actors, playwrights, designers and directors have all been recognised in this years nominations. Glenda Jackson is up for best actress for her acclaimed performance in Edward Albees psychodrama Three Tall Women, which marked the former Labour MPs return to Broadway after an absence of three decades. Jackson will compete against Amy Schumer (who starred in Steve Martins comedy Meteor Shower), Condola Rashad (Saint Joan) and Lauren Ridloff (Children of a Lesser God).
The National Theatres much-revered revival of Tony Kushners two-part gay fantasia Angels in America received a total of 11 nominations: Marianne Elliott is in the running for best director, Susan Brown and Denise Gough are both up for best actress in a featured role in a play, and Nathan Lane is nominated for his performance as Roy Cohn, former attorney to Donald Trump. Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce are shortlisted for their scenic design, which features three revolving sets, and Paule Constables lighting design which features a series of striking fluorescent tubes has also been nominated.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is currently running in Londons West End with a different cast while its original stars perform in the Broadway transfer, received 10 nominations. They include best play, best director (John Tiffany), best scenic design (Christine Jones), best costume design (Katrina Lindsay) and best choreography (Steven Hoggett). Noma Dumezweni, who plays Hermione, is nominated for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play.
Set 19 years after the last Harry Potter book, with Harrys son struggling through a new term at Hogwarts, the two-part play is written by Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by JK Rowling, Thorne and Tiffany. In her five-star review, the Guardians New York critic Alexis Soloski called it exuberantly, flabbergastingly theatrical. It has broken box-office records on Broadway and the London production, still one of the West Ends hottest tickets, became the most awarded show ever at the Olivier awards last year, taking nine prizes. Anthony Boyle, who won an Olivier for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco, is nominated for a Tony this year.
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