Lloyd Webber Seeks A 'Cooler' Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Stage UK is reporting that Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group is seeking planning permission to install air conditioning into the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as part of a project that is expected to cost in excess of £1 million.
Lloyd Webber has previously spoken - most notably at a debate in the House of Lords last year - about how it would cost £15 million to install air conditioning into Drury Lane, which RUG operates, because of its status as a Grade I-listed building reports Stage.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is The composer of The Likes of Us, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Variations and Tell Me on a Sunday combined as Song & Dance, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of The Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down The Wind, The Beautiful Game and The Woman in White. He composed The film scores of Gumshoe and The Odessa File, and Requiem, a setting of The Latin Requiem Mass, for which he won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition. He has also produced in The West End and on Broadway, not only his own work, but The Olivier Award-winning plays La Bête and Daisy Pulls It Off.
In 2004 he produced The film version of The Phantom of The Opera. In 2006 he oversaw a new London production of Evita, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular and pioneered television casting for musical Theater with The hit BBC series "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" which won an International Emmy. He followed this with The equally successful series "Any Dream Will Do." His awards include seven Tonys®, three Grammys, six Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, an International Emmy, The Praemium Imperiale and The Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. He was knighted in 1992 and created an honorary life peer in 1997.
He's a 2006 Kennedy Center Honoree.