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Gillian Lynne – a life remembered

Gillian Lynne in the 1970s
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Choreographer and director Gillian Lynne died aged 92 on July 1.

This timeline looks at some of the important moments of her career, which spanned seven decades.


1926: Gillian Lynne is born in Bromley, Kent

1944: The beginning of Lynne’s career, as a leading soloist with Sadler’s Wells Ballet, which later becomes the Royal Ballet

1951: Lynne leaves Sadler’s Wells and performs as a star dancer at the London Palladium

1961: Lynne moves into choreography, working on England Our England and The Owl and the Pussycat, both of which had a score by Dudley Moore

1963: Devises the jazz ballet show Collages with Moore

1965: Choreographs The Roar of the Greasepaint on Broadway

1966: Choreographs the film Half a Sixpence

1966: First show that Lynne both choreographs and directs – The Matchgirls at the Globe Theatre, now the Gielgud

1981: Lynne choreographs Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats at the New London Theatre, and goes on to win an Olivier award

1986: Choreographs The Phantom of the Opera

1987: Conceives, choreographs and directs the BBC dance drama A Simple Man

1990: Choreographs Aspects of Love at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End

2000: Choreographs the Sherman Brothers’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End

2014: Becomes a dame for her services to dance

June 2018: Andrew Lloyd Webber renames the New London Theatre in honour of Lynne

July 1, 2018: Lynne dies aged 92

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