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Gillian Lynne

 
Bio:
Gillian Lynne was a leading soloist with Sadler’s Wells Ballet, the star dancer at the Palladium, played opposite Errol Flynn in the movies and danced with all the greats on TV. She became instrumental in the development of jazz dance in Britain and her distinctive style – a fusion of classical ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Gillian Lynne was a leading soloist with Sadler’s Wells Ballet, the star dancer at the Palladium, played opposite Errol Flynn in the movies and danced with all the greats on TV. She became instrumental in the development of jazz dance in Britain and her distinctive style – a fusion of classical ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [London Fringe]
Original London Production, 1960
Performer
  [West End]
London Production, 1954
Claudine

Productions

 
[West End, 2021]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2016]
Original Choreographer
 
[West End, 2014]
Associate Director and Choreographer
 
[Las Vegas, 2006]
Choreographer
 
[Regional (UK), 2005]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Choreographer
Choreographer
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2002]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1990]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1989]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1988]
Choreographer
Musical Staging
 
[West End, 1986]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1982]
Associate Director
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1981]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1974]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1971]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1967]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1966]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1965]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1965]
Choreographer

Gillian Lynne Biography

Gillian Lynne was a leading soloist with Sadler’s Wells Ballet, the star dancer at the Palladium, played opposite Errol Flynn in the movies and danced with all the greats on TV. She became instrumental in the development of jazz dance in Britain and her distinctive style – a fusion of classical and jazz – led to her groundbreaking work on the world-famous Cats, which was recognised with a new category of Olivier Award, specially created for her to acknowledge Outstanding Achievement of the Year in a Musical. Cats continues to be produced worldwide Gillian’s 50-plus Broadway and West End shows include: Tonight at 8.30, Love on the Dole, The Match Girls, TomFoolery, Jeeves Takes Charge, Cabaret, The Roar of the Greasepaint, Pickwick, The Card, Phil The Fluter, Hans Christian Andersen, My Fair Lady, Songbook, The Phantom of the Opera and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

For the Royal Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, The Way of the World, As You Like It, Once in a Lifetime and The Boy Friend. She has previously worked with Adrian Noble on the RSC production The Secret Garden.

Gillian’s opera productions include the direction of Bluebeard, The Trojans, The Midsummer Marriage, The Flying Dutchman and Parsifal. Among Gillian’s ballets are Breakaway, Lippizaner, The Brontes and Journey for the Bolshoi.

On television, Gillian has directed The Various Ends of Mrs F’s Friends, Easy Money, The Look of Love, The Morte d’Arthur, which won the Samuel G Engel Award in America, and A Simple Man, which won a 1987 BAFTA.

She staged many of The Muppet Shows for ATV and her 11 feature films include A Wonderful Life, Half a Sixpence, Man of La Mancha and Yentl. Gillian’s most recent productions include the staging of a special gala in New York to celebrate The Phantom of the Opera overtaking Cats as the longest-running show on Broadway and Phantom – the Las Vegas Spectacular.

She was awarded the Austrian Silver Order of Merit for her production of Cats in Vienna, a Moliere award for Cats in Paris, and in 2001 she was honoured by the Royal Academy of Dance with the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award. Gillian was awarded the CBE in 1997.


Gillian Lynne Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 2013 - Special Award Gold Star
Gillian Lynne
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Choreography
Gillian Lynne , Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
 
Olivier Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Musical Production
Gillian LynneDick Whittington
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Choreography
Gillian Lynne, Phantom of the Opera
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Choreography
Gillian Lynne, The Phantom of the Opera
 
Tony Awards - 1983 - Best Choreography
Gillian Lynne, Cats
 
Olivier Awards - 1981 - Outstanding Achievement of the Year in a Musical Gold Star
Gillian Lynne, Cats

Gillian Lynne News

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Delays Final Broadway Performance Photo THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Delays Final Broadway Performance
by Team BWW - Nov 29, 2022

As BroadwayWorld first reported in September, Broadway's longest-running show ever, The Phantom of the Opera, will soon take its final Broadway bow at the Majestic Theatre... but it will happen a bit later than originally announced.

Andrew Lloyd Webber & Michael Harrison Announce Partnership to Develop New Musicals Photo Andrew Lloyd Webber & Michael Harrison Announce Partnership to Develop New Musicals
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 28, 2022

Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of some of the world’s most famous musicals, and Michael Harrison, critically-acclaimed, award-winning international producer, announced the creation of a new musical theatre partnership to find and develop new musicals, and create new productions from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s momentous musical catalogue. 

West End Production of AIN'T TOO PROUD Finds its Temptations Photo West End Production of AIN'T TOO PROUD Finds its Temptations
by Stephi Wild - Nov 23, 2022

The West End production of AIN'T TOO PROUD has announced the quintet taking on the iconic roles of The Temptations at the Prince Edward Theatre from Friday 31 March 2023.

National Theatre Announces DANCING AT LUGHNASA, DIXON AND DAUGHTERS, and More Photo National Theatre Announces DANCING AT LUGHNASA, DIXON AND DAUGHTERS, and More
by Stephi Wild - Nov 22, 2022

The National Theatre has announced three new productions for 2023 and the revival of the critically acclaimed The Father and the Assassin. A new production devised by The PappyShow will tour directly to 55 schools across England, and National Theatre Live brings The Crucible, Othello and GOOD to cinema goers around the world.

Michael Balogun, Hadley Fraser, and Nigel Lindsay Will Lead the West End Return of TH Photo Michael Balogun, Hadley Fraser, and Nigel Lindsay Will Lead the West End Return of THE LEHMAN TRILOGY
by Stephi Wild - Nov 14, 2022

The Lehman Trilogy is headed back to the West End in January 2023, and the production has found its stars! The play will be led by Michael Malogun, Hadley Fraser, and Nigel Lindsay.

CATS On Sale At Kalamazoo's Miller Auditorium This Week Photo CATS On Sale At Kalamazoo's Miller Auditorium This Week
by Stephi Wild - Nov 2, 2022

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to Kalamazoo's Miller Auditorium for three performances, Feb. 17 – 18, 2023, as part of a new North American tour. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.

Show of the Month: Save up to 46% on THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at Gillian  Photo Show of the Month: Save up to 46% on THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at Gillian Lynne Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Nov 1, 2022

​​​​​​​Show of the Month: tickets from £25 for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Anna-Jane Casey to Join Ian McKellen & John Bishop in the UK and Ireland Tour of MOTH Photo Anna-Jane Casey to Join Ian McKellen & John Bishop in the UK and Ireland Tour of MOTHER GOOSE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 28, 2022

Anna-Jane Casey will be joining the UK and Ireland Tour of the pantomime MOTHER GOOSE as Cilla The Goose with Mairi Barclay, Becca Francis, Shailan Gohil and Laura Tyrer also confirmed to join the company

Review: CATS at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theater Photo Review: CATS at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theater
by Jared Fessler - Oct 26, 2022

What did our critic think of CATS at Orpheum? Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America!

Michael O'Reilly and Kira Malou Will Lead DIRTY DANCING When it Returns to the West E Photo Michael O'Reilly and Kira Malou Will Lead DIRTY DANCING When it Returns to the West End in 2023
by Stephi Wild - Oct 21, 2022

Following its record-breaking run earlier this year, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage shimmies and shakes its way back to the Dominion Theatre in 2023 for a limited time only.

Gillian Lynne Videos

VIDEO: Lauren Louis Talks CATS National Tour at Denver Center for the Performing Arts Videoplay
VIDEO: Lauren Louis Talks CATS National Tour at Denver Center for the Performing Arts

by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 25, 2022

CATS is Lauren Louis' first national tour! She worked for Disneyland as a principal vocalist & dance swing while getting her Musical Theatre BFA from CSU Fullerton.

VIDEO: First Look at the National Tour of CATS in San Francisco Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at the National Tour of CATS in San Francisco

by Stephi Wild - Mar 8, 2022

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America!

CATS Comes To South Bend Through December 5th Videoplay
CATS Comes To South Bend Through December 5th

by Alan Henry - Dec 3, 2021

CATS will perform in South Bend this weekend through Sunday, December 5th, 2021. Get a first look at the national tour cast in action!

VIDEO: Andrew Lloyd Webber Confirms CINDERELLA Broadway Transfer on MSNBC Videoplay
VIDEO: Andrew Lloyd Webber Confirms CINDERELLA Broadway Transfer on MSNBC

by Michael Major - Oct 22, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber appeared on MSNBC's The Morning Joe this morning to discuss The Phantom of the Opera's Broadway return. In the interview, he confirmed that his new adaption of Cinderella will transfer to Broadway next year. Watch the interview now!

VIDEO: Check Out New Footage of Killian Donnelly, Lucy St. Louis & More in THE PHANTO Videoplay
VIDEO: Check Out New Footage of Killian Donnelly, Lucy St. Louis & More in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 8, 2021

Ahead of the 35th Birthday of The Phantom of the Opera, new show footage has been released! THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA stars double Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly as ‘The Phantom’, Lucy St Louis as ‘Christine Daaé’ and Rhys Whitfield as ‘Raoul’.

VIDEO: Watch CINDERELLA'S Opening Night Curtain Call in the West End! Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch CINDERELLA'S Opening Night Curtain Call in the West End!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 19, 2021

The world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella officially opened last night,18 August, resuming performances after a series of delays due to COVID-19.

VIDEO: London Gay Men's Chorus Sings 'Marry For Love' From Andrew Lloyd Webber's CIND Videoplay
VIDEO: London Gay Men's Chorus Sings 'Marry For Love' From Andrew Lloyd Webber's CINDERELLA

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 28, 2021

Watch the video here, and learn more about Cinderella, and how to purchase tickets for an upcoming performance!

VIDEO: Oscar Winner Emerald Fennell Talks Andrew Lloyd Webber's CINDERELLA! Videoplay
VIDEO: Oscar Winner Emerald Fennell Talks Andrew Lloyd Webber's CINDERELLA!

by Stage Tube - Apr 26, 2021

Did you know that Andrew Lloyd Webber's upcoming Cinderella was written by an Oscar winner? The production is a complete reinvention of the classic fairytale, and based on an original idea by Emerald Fennell, who just last night, took home an Academy Award for her screenplay of Promising Young Woman. Now watch as she chats about her next project!

VIDEO: Andrew Lloyd Webber Tours the London Palladium Videoplay
VIDEO: Andrew Lloyd Webber Tours the London Palladium

by Stage Tube - Mar 19, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber took viewers on a tour of the London Palladium on his official YouTube channel.

VIDEO: Ivano Turco Performs 'Only You, Lonely You' From Andrew Lloyd Webber's CINDERE Videoplay
VIDEO: Ivano Turco Performs 'Only You, Lonely You' From Andrew Lloyd Webber's CINDERELLA

by Stage Tube - Dec 11, 2020

Just yesterday, it was announced that Ivano Turco has joined the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of Cinderella, opening on the West End next year! Turco will take on the role of Prince Sebastian.


Gillian Lynne Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Gillian Lynne been in?
Gillian Lynne has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Gillian Lynne been in?
Gillian Lynne has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Gillian Lynne's first West End show?
Gillian Lynne's first West End show was Can-Can which opened in 1954

What awards has Gillian Lynne been nominated for?
Special Award (Olivier Awards) for , Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang , Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Dick Whittington , Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Phantom of the Opera , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for The Phantom of the Opera Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Cats and Outstanding Achievement of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Cats .

What awards has Gillian Lynne won?
Special Award (Olivier Awards) for and Outstanding Achievement of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Cats.