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Les Miserables (photo: Michael Le Poer Trench)

Les Miserables

Les Misérables wins BBC Radio 2 Audience Award

First published:  15 Apr 2012

Valiant heroes, love-struck heroines, villainous thieves and innocent children will be jumping for joy as Les Misérables takes home this year’s BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award.

The international award-winning show, which became the world’s longest running musical when it celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010, came top in the only Olivier Award category decided by members of the public, who voted in their thousands at

Based on the famous novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, which features songs by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, is set amidst the social and political tumult of revolutionary France.

The epic musical, which has been seen by over 60 million people in 42 countries worldwide, claimed victory over its much-loved shortlisted rivals Billy Elliot The Musical, Wicked and Jersey Boys.