London: Gillian Lynne Theatre

Country: England, United Kingdom
City: London
Borough: London Borough of Camden
Location: 167 Drury Lane / Parker Street

[First theatre on the site built 1848 as "Mogul Saloon". Also known as "Mogul Music Hall". 1851 renamed "Middlesex Music Hall". New theatre built 1891 as "Middlesex Theatre of Varieties". 1911 rebuilt by Frank Matcham. 1919 interior rebuilding, renamed "Winter Garden Theatre". Closed in the 19302. Re-opened 1942. Closed 1959, demolished 1965. Also known as "Old Mo".]

"New London Theatre" built 1971-1972 by Paul Tvrtkovic, Sean Kenny and Michael Percival. Opened 2 Jan 1973 with Peter Ustinov's play "The Unknown Soldier and His Wife". Used as a theatre and as a convention centre. Between 11 May 1981 and 11 May 2002, location of 8949 performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats", the longest playing musical in British history. 1991 purchased by Andrew Lloyd Webber. On 1 May 2018 renamed "Gillian Lynne Theatre" in honour of the British dancer and coreographer, Gillian Lynne (1926-2018). 1106 seats.

Notable world premieres:

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber/Trevor Nunn: Cats (11 May 1981)

Links:, Theatres Trust, Wikipedia

London: Gillian Lynne Theatre Folded Greeting Card
Picture: ca. 2000/2001
Front Text: signs: "19th Phenomenal Year", "Cats - Now and Forever"
Reverse Text: "The New London Theatre"
Publisher: Marion Steggles Collection
Type: Real Photo
Size: Modern
Not sent.

For more images of this theatre, see "The Theatres of London" and London: Various Theatres.

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