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West End to dim lights in memory of Gillian Lynne

Gillian Lynne choreographing The Phantom of the Opera. Photo: Conrad Blakemore
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West End theatres will dim their lights in memory of the choreographer Gillian Lynne, who has died aged 92.

Lynne, who choreographed more than 60 shows in the West End and on Broadway including Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, died on July 1.

Theatres across London’s West End will dim their lights this evening (July 2) at 7pm in her memory.

Lynne recently became the first woman to have a West End theatre named after her, when Andrew Lloyd Webber renamed the New London Theatre, where she choreographed Cats. The venue was officially renamed at a ceremony last month.

Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, said: “Dame Gillian Lynne’s contribution to theatre was inestimable. Her career, which spanned over seven decades, encompassed performance, choreography and directing. She worked across so many of the West End and Broadway’s top venues and productions, and won numerous awards and accolades. We are proud to celebrate her extraordinary legacy tonight in the West End.”

The West End last dimmed its lights in September 2017, in memory of the director and Royal Shakespeare Company founder Peter Hall. Others to be recently honoured in this way include theatre impresario James M Nederlander and actor Donald Sinden.

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