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Top Olivier Award-Winning Musicals Still Running in the West End

Tuesday, 2nd May 2017

Last month the theatre world united for the annual Laurence Olivier Awards, held for the first time at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. But whilst the ceremony is done and dusted, some of the musicals that it celebrated are still running strong in the capital, so here’s a brief look at some of those on offer, which won awards this year or in the past:

Dreamgirls musical 1). Dreamgirls

Awards – Best Actress in a Musical for Amber Riley and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Adam J Bernard in 2017

Dreamgirls is one of those musicals that has earned great excitement, undoubtedly because of the performances and the songs on offer. It has been running at the Savoy Theatre since December 2016 and was famous prior to its opening not only for its Broadway run but also the 2006 film of the same name.

It takes audiences back to the 1960s and 1970s with a story that focuses on a girl group called The Dreams, with musical numbers galore!

The production continues at the Savoy Theatre and is booking there for performances up to Saturday 21st October 2017.
 

School of Rock Musical 2). School Of Rock

Award – Outstanding Achievement in Music in 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical in the West End is the adaptation of the Jack Black film of the same name. David Fynn plays the lead role in the production, with the story of a fake substitute teacher creating a class of musicians so that he can win the battle of the bands. There was a special performance featuring Fynn and lot of child performers during the 2017 Olivier Awards ceremony and it went home with the Outstanding Achievement in Music Award.

School Of Rock is still running at the New London Theatre for performances up to Sunday 14th January 2018.
 

Kinky Boots musical 3). Kinky Boots

Awards – Best Actor in a Musical for Matt Henry, Best New Musical and Best Costume Design in 2016

Turning our attentions to last year’s ceremony, Kinky Boots remains one of the most popular musicals to open in recent years. With Cyndi Lauper amongst the creatives involved, plus a story that is also plucked from the big screen, it has proven to be a great night out at the Adelphi Theatre.

It tells the story of a failing factory and the outrageous way in which the owner turns it around. It opened at the Adelphi Theatre in August 2015 and is now booking for performances to Saturday 18th November 2017.
 

The Book Of Mormon 4). The Book Of Mormon

Awards – Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical for Gavin Creel, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Stephen Ashfield and Best Theatre Choreographer for Casey Nicholaw in 2014

Over at the Prince of Wales Theatre demand is still high for The Book Of Mormon, the hit show from South Park’s Trey Parker & Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez. Focusing on the failed attempts at recruitment for Mormon missionaries in Uganda, it has provided laughs and great music in the West End since 2013.

It is booking at the Prince of Wales Theatre to Saturday 22nd July 2017.
 

Les Miserables 5). Les Miserables

Awards – Best Actress in a Musical for Patti LuPone in 1985, Audience Award for Most Popular Show in 2012 and 2014

And now we turn our attentions to the longest running musical in the capital, Les Misérables, which has been running in the capital since 1985 and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. The show has earned numerous Olivier Awards over the years and continues to attract the crowds.

Set in France in the early 19th century it is the famous epic that focuses on many lives in this tumultuous setting, with Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert amongst them.

It is currently running at the Queen’s Theatre where it is booking for performances to Saturday 14th October 2017.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.