BWW Interviews: Gillian Lynne About DEAR WORLD And CATS!

The theatre you're going into - it's small.

Yes, nearly too small. Jerry's words were, "Let's come in quietly and delicately and be discovered." That's what I'm doing. Every inch of space there is, we're using.

We're running for eight weeks, but we hope to be picked up during that time. There is colossal interest, from America too.

Finally, we mentioned Cats earlier - how involved are you with the new UK tour?

I can't be involved at all. The minute this is on, I'll go and put my madness on it, of course. Nor can I do the gala in New York - it'll be the first gala I've ever not done, I've done every single one for 25 years, but I'm in the middle of my technical week.

I think what they should have done, really, is wait two more years and bring it back in a big way to the West End, not tour it. People are always wanting it - families and children - especially the dance work, it's always so wonderful, and you don't really get a showing like that in any other show. People will always enjoy it because it's timeless.

Dear World opens at the Charing Cross Theatre in February.

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Carrie Dunn After spending her formative years reading books and ending up with a Masters degree in English literature from King's College London, it was inevitable that Carrie should be a journalist. Her pure and simple delight in the art-form of musical theatre led to the Guardian asking her to be their West End Girl. Since then, she's picked up a PhD, and also written for many other UK publications, including the Times and the Independent. She has many eclectic loves, including sport, karaoke, reality television, MMORPGs, three-volume Victorian novels, the British seaside, embroidery and Veronica Mars.


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