London theatres to dim lights in memory of theatre producer Duncan C Weldon
The legendary producer died yesterday aged 77
Lights will dim across London theatres tonight in memory of theatre producer Duncan C Weldon.
Before performances begin, the lights will be dimmed for one minute as a tribute to the producer, whose career spanned almost 60 years.
Weldon, who died on Wednesday aged 77, started as a photographer at the RSC, before going on to produce some of the starriest productions on stages across the UK alongside business partner Paul Elliott. For over 20 years he was artistic director at Theatre Royal Haymarket, and also served as director of Chichester Festival Theatre.
Duncan and Elliott received a special Olivier Award last year for their contributions to theatre across the UK.
Tributes for Weldon poured in on social media.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of former CFT Director Duncan C. Weldon, who has died after a short illness. https://t.co/Q9eG6AGgC1— Chichester Theatre (@ChichesterFT) January 30, 2019
Very sad to hear the legendary producer Duncan C Weldon has passed away. I was lucky enough to have known him. Here Kenny Wax presents him with the 2018 Olivier Special Recognition Award for him and Paul Elliott. RIP Duncan x https://t.co/ZNEUmqd850— Anne Vosser (@AnneVosser) January 30, 2019
He won't be known to the general public, but every dressing room all over the country has posters of extraordinary productions with huge stars all produced by Duncan C Weldon. He adored Theatre.I am so honored to have worked for him & more importantly to be his friend. RIP Duncan— frances Barber#FBPE (@francesbarber13) January 30, 2019
Today my dear friend Duncan Weldon passed away.He truly was a man of the theatre and I will be forever indebted to him for some of the greatest moments I've experienced on the British stage.He loved the stars now he's among them.— Robert Lindsay (@RobertLindsay) January 30, 2019
The outpouring of love I've read for my Dad Duncan Weldon over the last 24 hours is overwhelming. Thank you for thoughts, your love & respect for Dad. His love for Theatre was unwavering to the end. @BazBam I read your column to him the day we read the papers for the last time.— Lucy-Jane Halcrow (@luckandlove) January 31, 2019
Remembering and thinking about #DuncanWeldon . Back in the days before the industrialisation of the West End he was a force .And he had foresight; he acquired the stage rights to #AllAboutEve years ago. He was a kind soul.May he rest in peace .— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) January 30, 2019
RIP Duncan Weldon— Stephen Unwin (@RoseUnwin) January 30, 2019
Extraordinary theatre producer.
The triumph of Apollo.