Andrew Lloyd Webber to rename the New London Theatre the Gillian Lynne Theatre
Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group have owned the theatre since 1991, and through a statement on his website, he has announced the theatre would be renamed the Gillian Lynne Theatre, and will be the first West End theatre named after a woman.
Lynne’s extensive choreography has made her a renowned figure in the West End. She has worked on many of Lloyd Webber’s musical including Cats (which ran at the New London from 1981 to 2002), The Phantom of the Opera and Aspects of Love.
Lynne 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.”
The choreographer 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.
— Mark Shenton (@ShentonStage) March 14, 2018
Congratulations to my very dear friend @Gillian_Lynne on the wonderful news that @OfficialALW is renaming the #NewLondonTheatre the 'Gillian Lynne Theatre' - a fitting honour for a pioneering choreographer who has done so much for British theatre worldwide. pic.twitter.com/6LFEMG6vip
— Elaine Paige (@elaine_paige) March 14, 2018
— Michael Ball OBE (@mrmichaelball) March 14, 2018