West End theatre’s most prestigious gongs – the Laurence Olivier Awards – have created a new category of favourite long-running show, which will be voted for by the general public.
The new award is for shows which opened before January 1, 2009 and ran throughout 2009. For all other categories, only shows that opened during 2009 are eligible for the 2010 awards.
This means that 20 productions are in the running. They are: Blood Brothers, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, La Cage Aux Folles, War Horse, Les Misérables, The 39 Steps, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, The Woman in Black, The Mousetrap, Avenue Q, Grease, Stomp, Billy Elliot – The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, The Lion King, Chicago and We Will Rock You.
Voters will have until 12 noon on Monday February 1 to make their choice at www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/olivier_awards/vote. The list of 20 eligible shows will then be whittled down to a shortlist.