Gillian Lynne Theatre

Gillian Lynne Theatre

After 3 hectic months over the summer period with 2 shows running simultaneously at the Gillian Lynne, the front of house areas were in need of some attention.

Over four weeks in October 2014 a team worked out of hours to avoid any disruptions to War Horse, revamping the foyer and adjoining areas.

The foyer carpet having been trampled on by 50,000 people patrons over the summer period needed replacing, the nosings on the stairs were changed for new ones for H&S purposes and the staircases were redecorated, all helping to add a new lease of life to the front of house areas of the theatre.

As a final touch, new signage was hung in the front of house areas, made in the style to match the original décor. 

Gillian Lynne Theatre

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1972

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Bernard Delfont opened the theatre with a television recording of Marlene Dietrich’s one-woman show.

Bernard Delfont opened the theatre with a television recording of Marlene Dietrich’s one-woman show.

1973

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Richard Gere starred as Danny Zuko in Grease.

Richard Gere starred as Danny Zuko in Grease.

1974

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Deja Revue was directed by Victor Spinetti and starred Sheila Hancock and George Cole.

Deja Revue was directed by Victor Spinetti and starred Sheila Hancock and George Cole.

1977

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Lionel was a musical based upon the works of Lionel Bart which featured Clarke Peters and a very young Todd Carty.

Lionel was a musical based upon the works of Lionel Bart which featured Clarke Peters and a very young Todd Carty.

1980

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The theatre was mainly used as a television studio for productions including This Is Your Life and Championship Snooker.

The theatre was mainly used as a television studio for productions including This Is Your Life and Championship Snooker.

1981

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The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, began its record-breaking run of 21 years.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, began its record-breaking run of 21 years.

2002

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Umoja – The Spirit of Togetherness re-opened the theatre following a major refurbishment.

Umoja – The Spirit of Togetherness re-opened the theatre following a major refurbishment.

2003

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Bill Kenwright’s production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat starred Stephen Gately.

Bill Kenwright’s production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat starred Stephen Gately.

2007

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Ian McKellen led The Royal Shakespeare Company in productions of King Lear and The Seagull.

Ian McKellen led The Royal Shakespeare Company in productions of King Lear and The Seagull.

2009

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The current sell-out production of War Horse transferred from the National Theatre.

The current sell-out production of War Horse transferred from the National Theatre.

2016

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Show Boat transfers from The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Show Boat transfers from The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
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