The Cursed Child, Sir David Attenborough and Billie Piper win at Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Ralph Fiennes, Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Kenneth Branagh also picked up prizes during last night's ceremony

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JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany’s Harry Potter play The Cursed Child picked up one of the top prizes at last night’s Evening Standard Awards. The production – which opened at the Palace Theatre earlier this year – was handed the Best Play award, presented by Maggie Smith to Thorne, Tiffany and Noma Dumezweni, who plays Hermione Granger.

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Dumezweni read out a message from Rowling who praised Tiffany and Thorne for “crafting the bare bones of a story into something very special.” The Harry Potter author also took to Twitter in reaction to the news: 

Yesterday’s ceremony at the Old Vic was attended by the likes of Sheridan Smith, Orlando Bloom, James McAvoy, Liz Hurley and Sir Michael Gambon

Also among the winners were Billie Piper who picked up Best Actress for her critically-acclaimed turn in Yerma at the Old Vic and Ralph Fiennes who won Best Actor for his performances in both The Master Builder (Old Vic) and Richard III (Almeida). 

Glenn Close was awarded Best Musical Performance for her run in Sunset Boulevard while John Malkovich was named Best Director for Good Canary.

Best Revival was awarded to No Man’s Land starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, with the former later taking to the stage dressed to the nines as a pantomime dame. 

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The Lebedev Award went to Sir Kenneth Branagh for his year-long season of plays at the Garrick Theatre. Prince William was also on hand to present the Beyond Theatre Award to Sir David Attenborough for his contribution to broadcasting.