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Lights dimmed in honour of Michael White

Venues across the West End will dim their lights in memory of the producer

Michael White picking up his Olivier Award in 2014
Michael White picking up his Olivier Award in 2014
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West End theatres will dim their lights this evening in honour of the producer Michael White, who has passed away at the age of 80.

Before performances this evening, lights will be dimmed in theatres for two minutes as a mark of respect.

The tradition of dimming lights is performed for theatre's most important and loved figures. Lights will be dimmed at 7pm.

Read our obituary of Michael White here

White was awarded the Special Award at the Olivier's in 2014, and produced more than 100 shows across his 50 years in the business. He was responsible for the West End premieres of The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and A Chorus Line.

White died of heart failure in California. Tributes poured in from across Twitter, including from Monty Python star Eric Idle:

— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) March 9, 2016