West End dims its lights for Richard Griffiths

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Theatres along Shaftesbury Avenue will dim their lights tonight in honour of actor Richard Griffiths, who died last week aged 65.

The lights on Shaftesbury Avenue will be dimmed for two minutes from 7.28pm, while The Wyndham's Theatre on Charring Cross Road and the Savoy Theatre on the Strand will also pay tribute to the actor, who recently performed at both venues.

The Society of London Theatre has previously granted this honour to such leading figures in London theatre as Natasha Richardson, John Gielgud, Harold Pinter, Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier.

SOLT president Mark Rubinstein said: “The dimming of the lights on Shaftesbury Avenue and elsewhere in memory of Richard Griffiths is a fitting tribute to honour a fine actor who made such a significant and lasting contribution to our London stages.”

Griffiths last appeared in the West End in The Sunshine Boys at the Savoy Theatre in 2012.