West End theatres will dim the lights tonight at 7pm as a mark of respect for producer Duncan C Weldon.
Weldon’s death at the age of 77 was announced on January 30.
A prominent figure in British theatre for more than 40 years, Weldon and his long-term business partner Paul Elliott became known for attracting American film stars such as Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman to the West End. Weldon was also artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket for 20 years and was a former director of Chichester Festival Theatre.
Before performances begin on January 31, lights will be dimmed for one minute as a tribute by the theatre industry and audience members to the producer and former administrator, whose career began as a Royal Shakespeare Theatre photographer at just 19.
Weldon received a Special Recognition Olivier award in 2018.
The tradition of dimming theatre lights has long been performed in the West End to pay respects to theatre’s most renowned figures, including Gillian Lynne.