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WhatsOnStage Awards: Harry Potter play leads nominations

Jamie Parker, Sam Clemmett and Poppy Miller in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Image copyright Charlie Gray
Image caption Jamie Parker (left) and Poppy Miller (right) are among five Cursed Child stars to be nominated

The smash hit Harry Potter stage play has received 11 nominations ahead of next year's WhatsOnStage Awards - more than any other production.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is up for best play, while five of its cast members have also been shortlisted.

Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes, Billie Piper and Sheridan Smith are among the other actors in contention for prizes.

The annual theatre awards, which are decided by a public vote, will be presented in London on 19 February.

Based on an original story by JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been a sold-out success since opening in June.

Last month the two-part production was named best play at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

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Image caption Billie Piper is shortlisted for the best actress in a play award for her role in Yerma

Its other nominations come for John Tiffany's direction and the design of its costumes, sets, lighting and video.

Half a Sixpence leads in the musicals categories with eight nominations, while Groundhog Day has seven.

There are also nominations for three actor knights - Sir Kenneth Branagh for The Entertainer, Sir Derek Jacobi for Romeo and Juliet, and Sir Ian McKellen for No Man's Land.

Hollywood star Close is shortlisted for her performance in Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum, while Smith is recognised for her turn in Funny Girl.

Fiennes and Piper are recognised for their widely acclaimed work in Richard III and Yerma respectively.

The full list of nominations is available on the WhatsOnStage website. Theatregoers have until 31 January to cast their votes.

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