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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in shortlist for South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Nominees for the arts awards have been announced

Original London cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
© Manuel Harlan

Nominees for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2017 have been announced, with playwright Jack Thorne being nominated in both the theatre and TV categories.

The awards recognise culture in the UK across ten categories - comedy, classical music, dance, film, literature, opera, pop music, theatre, TV drama and visual arts.

Nominees this year include Skepta, for his album Konnichiwa and Opera North for its production of Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen.

In theatre, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is nominated alongside The Shakespeare Trilogy - the Donmar's productions at King's Cross and Yerma which will be returning to London later this year. In the comedy category, Phoebe Waller-Bridge was also nominated for Fleabag, her TV series which was based on her original play.

Kate O'Flynn, about to star in Anatomy of a Suicide and who recently ran in The Glass Menagerie, has also been nominated for the Times Breakthrough Award in the theatre category.

Thorne, who wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was also recognised in the TV drama category for his series National Treasure.

The awards originated in 1997 in association with The South Bank Show, spearheaded by presenter and writer Melvyn Bragg. The nominees list in each category is created via an independent judging panel.

Bragg commented: "The South Bank Sky Arts Awards are the only major awards wholly dedicated to the arts. They cover the spectrum and are focused on the best in the British arts which over the last couple of generations have steadily moved to the front in world status. "

The winners will be announced in a ceremony on 9 July.

Full list of nominees

Classical Music

Tom Coult, Spirit of the Staircase, London Sinfonietta/Martyn Brabbins

Dunedin Consort, Monteverdi Vespers, Lammermuir Festival

Philharmonia Orchestra, Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals


Camping, Sky Atlantic

Fleabag, BBC Three

People Just Do Nothing, BBC Three


English National Ballet, Akram Khan's Giselle

Richard Alston Dance Company, An Italian in Madrid

Northern Ballet, Jane Eyre


American Honey

I, Daniel Blake

Under the Shadow


The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between, Hisham Matar

Swing Time, Zadie Smith


4.48 Psychosis, Royal Opera House

Nothing, Glyndebourne Youth Opera

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle), Opera North

Pop Music

The 1975, "I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it"

David Bowie, "Blackstar"

Skepta, "Konnichiwa"


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre

The Shakespeare Trilogy, Donmar at King's Cross

Yerma, Young Vic

TV Drama

Happy Valley, BBC One

National Treasure, Channel 4

The Crown, Netflix

Visual Art

John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea

George Shaw: My Back to Nature

Artangel, Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison

Times Breakthrough Nominees:

Classical - Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Comedy - Kieran Hodgson

Dance - Vidya Patel

Film - Lewis MacDougall

Literature - Joseph Knox

Opera - Natalya Romaniw

Pop Music - Sampha

Theatre - Kate O'Flynn

TV Drama - Malachi Kirby Visual Art - Rachel Kneebone

The Outstanding Achievement Award will be announced on the day of the ceremony


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