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West End theatres to dim lights for Gillian Lynne

Theatres across London will honour the choreographer, who passed away last night

Cameron Mackintosh, Beverley Knight, Gillian Lynne and Andrew Lloyd Webber
© Dan Wooller

West End theatres will dim their lights in memory of Gillian Lynne tonight.

Before shows begin their performances, lights will be dimmed for one minute at 7pm as a tribute to the choreographer, who worked on more than 60 shows across the West End and Broadway, including Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.

On 22 June, the New London Theatre was officially renamed as the Gillian Lynne Theatre to honour the choreographer's contribution to the arts.

SOLT executive director Julian Bird said: "Dame Gillian Lynne's contribution to theatre was inestimable. Her career, which spanned over seven decades, encompassed performance, choreography and directing. She worked across so many of the West End and Broadway's top venues and productions, and won numerous awards and accolades. We are proud to celebrate her extraordinary legacy tonight in the West End."