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The Gillian Lynne Theatre

Gillian Lynne Theatre

Closed until: 18 March 2021

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Access

Sound Amplification:

Sennheiser Infrared

Toilets:

Adapted toilet en route from the lifts to the auditorium.

Guide Dogs Policy:

Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium, however staff are happy to dog-sit (maximum of 2 guide dogs per performance) in the management office.

Wheelchairs:

Stalls x 2

Access from Street to Foyer:

Ramp.

Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat:

65 to Dress Circle, Escalator plus 30 to Stalls.

Stairs/Lift/Ramp Available:

Lift to Stalls.

Contact

Contact the venue:

020 7087 7750

Your Visit

Security Information:

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Bar:

1 licensed bars. No steps from the lift to Bar (counter height 1m). Alternatively the bar can be reached by either the escalator or 54 steps up from the entrance foyer. Moveable seating. All drinks can be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium.

Accepts Theatre Tokens:

Yes

History

Renamed in May 2018, the Gillian Lynne Theatre pays homage to a legendary choreographer and dancer – the first woman to have a West End theatre named after her.

Formerly known as the New London Theatre, being one of London’s newest major theatres with an opening date of 1973, Andrew Lloyd Webber announced the honour at the launch of his memoir in 2018, stating: “Gillian has been a pioneer of British musical theatre and dance. Gillie’s groundbreaking work on Cats inspired and launched countless careers in dance. It is only fitting that the theatre in which she created Cats is named in her honour.”

A two-time Olivier Award-winner, Lynne was made a Dame in 2014 for services to dance and musical theatre, and enjoyed a long and esteemed career, working with Lloyd Webber on shows including Cats, The Phantom Of The Opera and Joseph And The Technicolour Dreamcoat.

The Gillian Lynne Theatre site is steeped in theatrical heritage, as there has been a theatre of some sort on this site since Elizabethan times. The Theatre was partly designed by Sean Kenny, who was a scenic designer on the musicals Blitz!, Oliver! and Pickwick. It is probably most famous for hosting the the long run of Lloyd Webber’s Cats, from 1981 to 2002.

Between 1977 and 80 the auditorium of the Gillian Lynne was used very successfully as a television studio, including early broadcasts of championship snooker and broadcasts of This Is Your Life. The whole building was also occasionally put to use as a conference centre as had been intended in the building’s revolutionary design.

In 1991 the building was purchased by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and, in turn, the year 2000 saw it become part of Really Useful Theatres. The building currently hosts the Olivier Award-winning show School Of Rock – The Musical.

 

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We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.