Show of the Decade

Revealed: The best new play and musical of the decade

Will Longman
Will Longman

After thousands of votes were cast in our Show of the Decade poll, where we asked you to nominate and vote for your favourite new plays and musicals of the last ten years of theatre, can reveal the winning productions of the vote.

Over 4,000 votes were cast when we put ten plays and 11 musicals first performed in London since 2010 to a public vote. The nominated shows were as follows:

Plays: The Ferryman, The Lehman Trilogy, Emilia, Chimerica, People, Places and Things, King Charles III, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Audience, The Inheritance.

Musicals: Come From Away, The Book of Mormon, Six, Matilda, Hamilton, Dreamgirls, Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Dear Evan Hansen, Kinky Boots, Fun Home, Sunny Afternoon.

You can watch videos revealing the top five musicals and plays in the vote below, as well as a short extract about the winning production.

Best Musical of the Decade: Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda's historical bio-musical is something the likes of which most have not seen on stage before. Infusing rap, R 'n' B and traditional musical theatre, it tells the full life story of the United States' Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton.

The In the Heights composer first presented his material at a poetry slam for Barack Obama, where it was met with giggles and sniggers, but it was soon firmly placed in musical theatre history as it took the world by storm.

We follow Hamilton through the American civil war, signing the declaration of independence and forming what we now know as the United States, while also informing us of Alexander's personal life. to many, it reinvented the genre, and became a must-see for theatre fans worldwide. And that's why you placed it as the number one new musical of the decade.

Best Play of the Decade: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

JK Rowling's wizarding world finally took the stage by storm in 2016, when the eighth chapter of the story of 'The Boy Who Lived' was presented as a play, rather than a novel, for the first time. While audiences are encouraged to #KeepTheSecrets, the two-part play picks up where the Deathly Hallows left us, with an adult Harry waving his son Albus off on the Hogwarts Express.

Directed by John Tiffany and written by Jack Thorne, the play was a phenomenon, selling out for months on end, and breaking Curious Incident's Olivier record by taking home nine Olivier Awards in 2017, and it now runs around the world.

Many thanks to all who voted and celebrated the last ten years of theatre with us. Be sure to follow for the latest theatre news, reviews and features over the ten years of great shows.

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