New London Theatre to be renamed

London theatre news: Sunday 18 March 2018

London West End - Theatres

A first for women in theatre as Andrew Lloyd Webber this week announced that the New London Theatre will be renamed The Gillian Lynne Theatre.
Photograph of the New London Theatre, London.

Photo by Peter Brown, 2015

News in this week that Andrew Lloyd Webber is to rename the New London Theatre, currently home to School of Rock.

The venue is to be named after legendary West End choreographer Dame Gillian Lyne.

Lord Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group have been owners of the West End theatre since 1991, and it will be the first West End theatre named after a woman.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said ...

"I am delighted to be able to announce that the New London Theatre is to be renamed as the Gillian Lynne Theatre.

Gillian has been a pioneer of British musical theatre and dance.

Her ground-breaking work on Cats inspired and launched countless careers in dance.

It is only fitting that the theatre in which she created Cats is named in her honour."

Dame Gillian's extensive choreography has made her a renowned figure in London's West End.

She was given the Special Award at the 2013 Olivier Awards, and was made a Dame in the 2014 New Year's Honours List for services to Dance and Musical Theatre.

Her work with Andrew Lloyd Webber includes Cats (which ran at the New London from 1981 to 2002), The Phantom of the Opera and Aspects of Love.

Dame Gillian said ...

"The minute I heard Andrew's music I fell in love with his ability to channel deep emotion into a single musical note.

He continues to inspire generation after generation with his passion for musical theatre and Great Britain has benefitted enormously from his brilliance and his generosity."

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