The Gillian Lynne Theatre originally opened in 1847 as the Mogul Music Hall. From 1919 to 1965, it was named the Winter Garden Theatre, but after renovations, the theatre opened as the New London Theatre in 1973.
The theatre housed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, which was the longest-running musical in West End history when it closed in 2002. It was also used as a television studio, and was the home of Masters Snooker for two years.
Since the closure of Cats, the theatre has hosted productions of Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, School of Rock, and Cinderella.
In 2018, Andrew Lloyd Webber announced the theatre would be renamed the Gillian Lynne Theatre, the first London theatre to be named after a woman. Lynne worked on productions with the English National Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company and many West End and Broadway shows. She collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and Aspects of Love.
The Gillian Lynne Theatre features a thrust stage that juts into the auditorium. Seats are on three sides of the auditorium.
Some seats offer side views of the action on stage. But every seat guarantees a view that's close to the action.
Location: West End
Railway station: King's Cross St Pancras
Bus numbers: (High Holborn) 134, 242; (Kingsway) 1, 59, 68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 243, 521, X68
Night bus numbers: (High Holborn) 242, N68, N207; (Kingsway) 188, 243, N1, N91, N171
Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (1min)
Directions from tube: (5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn left at Drury Lane and you’ll see the theatre 100 metres away on a corner.