Dominion's We Will Rock You Scoops Olivier Award
The Show is Given the Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award
It was the turn of the Laurence Olivier Awards to crown the best shows in town on Sunday as the 35th annual ceremony took place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Whilst shows such as Legally Blonde the Musical and Clybourne Park picked up gongs for Best New Musical and Best New Play respectively, it was the Dominion’s very own We Will Rock You that was deemed the best show according to the theatre-going public. As such it picked up the BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award at Sunday’s bash.
It is the latest in a long line of success stories for the long-running and popular London musical, which opened its doors in 2002 and has since broken numerous records at its home in the West End. Its former star Sharon D Clarke picked up the Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical back in 2003, whilst 2010 saw the show nominated for the Most Popular Long Running Show (musical). Back in 2008 the show also had the distinction of enjoying the best week of any shows in the capital between Christmas and New Year and this momentum has followed it across the decade.
“We Will Rock You” takes audience members 300 years into the future where Earth barely resembles the one we know today. Freedom of expression and appearance has been stripped away from the populace as globalisation has been completed and the world is now known as Planet Mall, with the evil Globalsoft Corporation, lead by the tyrant the Killer Queen, in charge. It is up to a band of freedom fighters known as the Bohemians to challenge the status quo and return the world to a golden age known as the Rhapsody.
And as it is a musical based on songs from Queen many of the rock band’s famous tracks make their way to the stage, from “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “Radio Ga Ga” to “Under Pressure and “Another One Bites the Dust”.
The Dominion Theatre remains the home of We Will Rock You as it takes bookings to Saturday 22nd October 2011.