News: Laurence Olivier Audience Award

Monday 25 January 2010

For the first time theatergoers will have the chance to take part in the Laurence Olivier Awards by selecting both the shortlist and the winner of the newly created Laurence Olivier Audience Award.

The new award is exclusively decided by a public vote and this year will be for the country’s favourite long-running London show of 2009. Members of the public can now choose their favourite by visiting the official website of the Society of London Theatre, organisers of the Laurence Olivier Awards. (link below)

This new category is for shows which opened before 1 January 2009 and ran throughout 2009. For all other categories, only shows that opened during 2009 are eligible for the 2010 awards.

Shows likely to be of most interest to dance audiences include: Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, Billy Elliot – The Musical, The Lion King and Chicago. Other eligible shows include: Blood Brothers, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, La Cage Aux Folles, War Horse, Les Misérables, The 39 Steps, The Woman in Black, The Mousetrap, Avenue Q, Grease, Stomp, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and We Will Rock You.

Voting is open until 12 noon on Monday 1 February. The list of 20 eligible shows will then be whittled down to a shortlist. The nominated productions in the category will be announced alongside the other Laurence Olivier Award nominations in the week commencing Monday 8 February. A second stage of voting, which will open once the nominations have been announced, will give theatregoers the chance to choose the overall winner.

Anyone who votes on the first round will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to the star-studded Laurence Olivier Award ceremony, which will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on Sunday 21 March 2010.

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