Show of the Decade

Have your say: Nominate your favourite play and musical of the decade

Will Longman
Will Longman

As we approach the end of a busy year, giving us a chance to reflect on the great shows we've been lucky enough to see over the past twelve months, we are also nearing the end of a decade of theatre. Ten whole years of magnificent musicals and perfect plays, riveting revivals, and superstar names. As we take stock of everything we've seen, we want to find out what your favourite play and musical of the past ten years is.

We know it's quite an ask, to delve through your overflowing drawers of tickets and programmes to narrow down your selection, so we've made it easy. You can nominate a play and a musical which was first performed in London between 1st January 2010 and 31st December 2019, using the form below until 11th December. A longlist will then be published, in which you will be able to vote for your favourite play or musical, with the two winning productions being announced after Christmas. 

Remember, we're looking for plays and musicals first performed this decade, so revivals will not count. To jog your memory, we have listed the winners and nominees of the best new play and best musical Olivier awards of the past 10 years below, but your nomination does not have to be limited to the listed productions. 


Best new play Olivier Award nominees (winners in bold)

2010: The Mountaintop, Katori Hall; ENRON, Lucy Prebble; Jerusalem, Jez Butterworth; Red, John Logan.
2011: Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris; End of the Rainbow, Peter Quilter; The Little Dog Laughed, Douglas Carter Beane; Sucker Punch, Roy Williams; Tribes, Nina Raine.
2012: Collaborators, John Hodge; Jumpy, April De Angelis; One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean; The Ladykillers, Graham Linehan.
2013: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Simon Stephens; Constellations, Nick Payne; The Audience, Peter Morgan; This House, James Graham.
2014: Chimerica, Lucy Kirkwood; 1984, Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan; The Night Alive, Conor McPherson; Peter and Alice, John Logan.
2015: King Charles III, Mike Bartlett; Taken at Midnight, Mark Hayhurst; The Nether, Jennifer Haley; Wolf Hall / Bring up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton.
2016: Hangmen, Martin McDonagh; Farinelli and the King, Claire van Kampen; People, Places and Things, Duncan MacMillan; The Father, Florian Zeller.
2017: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jack Thorne; Elegy, Nick Payne; The Flick, Annie Baker; One Night in Miami..., Kemp Powers.
2018: The Ferryman, Jez Butterworth; Ink, James Graham; Network, Lee Hall; Oslo, J. T. Rogers.
2019: The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez; The Lehman Trilogy, Stefano Massini; Misty, Arinzé Kene; Sweat, Lynn Nottage.

Best new musical Olivier Award nominees (winners in bold)

2010: Spring Awakening; Dreamboats and Petticoats; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Sister Act.
2011: Legally Blonde; Fela!; Love Never Dies; Love Story.
2012: Matilda; Betty Blue Eyes; Ghost; London Road; Shrek.
2013: Top Hat; Loserville; Soul Sister; The Bodyguard.
2014: The Book of Mormon; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Once; The Scottsboro Boys.
2015: Sunny Afternoon; Beautiful; Here Lies Love; Memphis.
2016: Kinky Boots; Bend It Like Beckham; In the Heights; Mrs Henderson Presents.
2017: Groundhog Day; Dreamgirls; The Girls; School of Rock.
2018: Hamilton; An American in Paris; Everybody's Talking About Jamie; Girl from the North Country; Young Frankenstein.
2019: Come from Away; Fun Home; Six; Tina.

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