The special Audience Award is the only Laurence Olivier Award to be decided on solely by the theatre-going public. More than 58,000 votes were cast.
Last month (14 February) the public also voted WICKED London’s ‘Best West End Show’ at the 2010 Whatsonstage.com Awards. The musical has won over 35 awards around the world.
Executive Producer Michael McCabe said in a statement: “It is an incredible honour that the public have recognised WICKED as London’s ‘Most Popular Show’. We feel an enormous sense of validation for the passion and efforts of everybody involved in the show, as this award is a testament to the fact that three and a half years and almost 3 million people later, audiences still have the same enthusiasm and love for WICKED as when we first opened. A huge thank you to every single one of those people for their ongoing support and to the public for their votes”.
The Audience Award was presented to WICKED on 21 March at the star-studded ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and accepted by Executive Producer Michael McCabe, together with the show’s new stars Rachel Tucker and Louise Dearman. The four other shows that made the shortlist were Billy Elliot, The Phantom of the Opera, War Horse and We Will Rock You.
Recently acclaimed as “one of the biggest hits of our era” (The Observer, March 2010), WICKED has already been seen by almost 3 million theatregoers and grossed in excess of £95 million at the UK Box Office since its London premiere in September 2006.