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Gillian Lynne Theatre
Londres
Angleterre

Construction: 1971
Topologie du théâtre
Nombre de salles actives: 1
Salle 1: (1100)    1971 - Actif
Accès
En métro: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)/Holborn (Piccadilly/Central lines)
En bus: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 19, 22, 38, 55, 68, 76, 171, 176, 188
Adresse: 166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW
Evolution
Bâtiment:
Nom: 17th century. Site of an inn which became known as the Great Mogul / 1847. Renamed the Mogul Saloon / 1851. Became the Middlesex Music Hall / 1911. Rebuilt by Frank Matcham for Oswald Stoll and James Graydon and renamed New Middlesex Theatre of Varieties / 1919. Rehabilitated to reopen as the Winter Garden Theatre / 1959. Closed permanently and demolished 1965 / 1971. Redevelopment begun with the New London Theatre forming part of a wider brief
Propriétaire(s):
Really Usefull Group

Remarquable:
The flexible auditorium, with great potential for audience-actor interaction.
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(1100)    1971 - Actif

At the northern end of Drury Lane, before it enters High Holbom, large, modern office buildings tangle with 19th-century commercial blocks, while small houses and shops of the 18th and 19th centuries jostle with giants of the 1930s, such as the Freemasons’ Hall in Great Queen Street, in a remarkably civilized manner. There has been an inn at No. 167 since at least the 17th century, when Sir Thomas Drury gave his name to what was already an ancient roadway. Nell Gwyn, one-time barmaid, orange seller and actress, had lodgings in the Lane and links with the inn, which by this time had become known as the Great Mogul. By the mid-19th century the area had generally deteriorated, but in 1847 No. 167 was rehabilitated, opening on 27 December as the Mogul Saloon. In 1851 it became the Middlesex Music Hall, probably in response to the opening of the St Martin’s Music Hall (later the Queen's Theatre) in Long Acre the previous year. Music hall in London had its roots in the pubs of the 1830s and 1840s, especially in the East End. Many pubs had song rooms and concert rooms, often across the front of the building at first-floor level, and these became increasingly popular from the 1850s and 1860s.
The Middlesex, which occupied a relatively small site halfway between Parker Street and Macklin Street, was rebuilt in 1872 and again in 1891, but in 1911 the 'Old Mo’ was demolished and rebuilt by architect Frank Matcham for Oswald Stoll and James Graydon, who had managed it since 1875 as the New Middlesex Theatre of Varieties, in an externally rather lean, typically Edwardian red-brick and stone style. In 1919 the building was sold and, after being completely redecorated, was opened as the Winter Garden Theatre. In 1959 it was closed after a successful production of Alice in Wonderland, having been sold on - ostensibly for redevelopment - to Pearson Forsythe and Co., who immediately encountered planning problems with the London County Council. The now derelict building was sold again to Charles Forte, and consent was obtained for an all- embracing multi-use complex incorporating shops, restaurants, car parking, flats - and a theatre. Matcham's theatre was demolished in 1965, but the implementation of the scheme for which consent had been granted, designed by architect Paul Tvrtkovic with Chew and Percival and Sean Kenny for Star Holdings Ltd, was not started until 1971.
The development as a whole contrasts with rather than respects the scale and character of its close neighbours. The theatre - sited on the southwest angle of the plot - while appearing to have its roots firmly in the Royal Festival Hall, is not enhanced by the sheer-profiled metal box that rises above the impressive glazed front. Internally, the profiled, shuttered concrete fails to lift the spirits in an entrance vestibule overpowered by the raking underside of a main access stairway as it rises to the first-level foyer and bar.
The simple, largely black auditorium has been carefully designed, literally 'in the round', to be extremely flexible, incorporating the 60-foot revolve and seats and walls whose positions are adjusted electronically. The architect’s imaginative approach to his brief has produced a superb interactive arena for actors and audience, with almost every detail having received positive in-depth consideration

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The Stalls is by far the biggest seating section within the theatre and seating is more like arena seating than that of a traditional theatre space. This section is divided into several sections, with notable divides between the front and rear stalls as well side sections as staircases run down the centre left and right aisles, separating side seats from the main central bulk.

Working in line with the thrust, Stalls seats curve round the stage, meaning some seats have a side angle view of the performance space, which can make viewing the action more difficult than in the central seating sections. Seating also comes up extremely close to the stage, which means those sitting in rows AA and A will have to do a fair bit of looking up throughout the show.

The best seats in the Stalls are undoubtedly those within the middle of the central section, namely those in row D, and the centre of E through to row O. Those within rows E-I are considered to be premium seats, however Seat Plan thinks that central seats in rows J-M boast just as good a view, but for around £30 less a ticket.

The Dress Circle is small compared to the Stalls and appears more like a viewing gallery than a full level. With a wide but thin sweep of the auditorium, there are just five rows upstairs split into three sections. The middle section by far offers the best view of the stage, aside from the front row which has a safety rail visual obscurity. The sections at the side of the Circle tend to be the cheapest in the house as they are at the far sides of the stage and have hand rails to content with, however Seat Plan thinks that, with a little leaning, these seats can be a cheap way to see an excellent show.

17th century. Site of an inn which became known as the Great Mogul / 1847. Renamed the Mogul Saloon / 1851. Became the Middlesex Music Hall / 1911. Rebuilt by Frank Matcham for Oswald Stoll and James Graydon and renamed New Middlesex Theatre of Varieties / 1919. Rehabilitated to reopen as the Winter Garden Theatre / 1959. Closed permanently and demolished 1965 / 1971. Redevelopment begun with the New London Theatre forming part of a wider brief

The flexible auditorium, with great potential for audience-actor interaction.

School of Rock
[24 oct. 16 - Open end]

Musical
Original Europe

1) School of Rock (Original Europe)

Joué durant  3 ans 4 mois 3 semaines actuellement

Première preview: lun. 24 octobre 2016
Première: lun. 14 novembre 2016
Dernière: Open end

Metteur en scène: Laurence Connor •  
Chorégraphe: Joanne Hunter •  
Avec: David Fynn (Dewey Finn), Florence Andrews (Rosalie Mullins), Oliver Jackson (Ned Schneebly), Preeya Kalidas (Patty Di Marco), Gary Trainor (alternate Dewey), Jonathan Bourne, Nadeem Crowe, Michelle Francis, Rosanna Hyland, Cassandra McCowan, Joel Montague, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Tasha Sheridan, Andrew Spillett and Lucy Vandi and swings, Charlotte Bradford, Jason Denton, Cellen Chugg James, Chris Jenkins, Alfie Parker and Charlotte Scott. Child cast: Tom Abisgold, Toby Lee, Jake Slack (Zach), Bailey Cassell, Jude Harper-Wrobel and Noah Key (Freddy), Giles Carden, Oscar Francisco, James Lawson (Lawrence), Selma Hansen, Lois Jenkins Sophia Pettit (Katie), Isabelle Methven, Lucy Simmonds, Eva Trodd (Summer), Madeleine Haynes, Leah Levman, Natasha Raphael (Marcy), Jaydah Bell-Ricketts, Shoshana Ezequiel, Amelia Poggenpoel (Shonelle), Lola Moxom, Mia Roberts, Grace Schnieder (Sophia), Nicole Dube, Amma Ris, Adithi Sujith (Tomika), Jobe Hart, Joshua Vaughan, Logan Walmsley (Billy), Presley Charman, Lucas Chow, Ben Dawson (Mason). Bradley Bissett, Denzel Eboji, Sonny Kirby (Mason), Zachary Dowlatshahi,Harry Egerton, Jacob Swann (Madison). 

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Le "New london Theatre" Theatre change de nom: "Gillian Lynne Theatre"

On 14 March 2018, Andrew Lloyd Webber announced that the theatre would be renamed The Gillian Lynne Theatre later in the year, in honour of Gillian Lynne. The name officially changed on 1 May 2018. It is the first theatre in the West End of London to be named after a non-royal woman.


Musical
West End Transfer

11) Show Boat (West End Transfer)

Joué durant  4 mois

Première preview: sam. 09 avril 2016
Première: lun. 25 avril 2016
Dernière: sam. 27 août 2016

Metteur en scène: Daniel Evans •  
Chorégraphe: Alistair David •  
Avec: Malcolm Sinclair (Capt. Andy Hawks), Chris Peluso (Gaylord Ravenal), Gina Beck (Magnolia Hawks), Lucy Briers (Parthy Ann Hawks), Rebecca Trehearn (Julia La Verne), Emmanuel Kojo (Joe), Sandra Marvin (Queenie), Alex Young (Ellie May Chipley), Danny Collins (Frank Schultz), John Coates, Adam Dutton, Kit Esuruoso, Nolan Frederick, Linford Johnson, Javar La’Trail Parker, Kate Milner-Evans, Maria Omakinwa, Ryan Pidgen, Mykal Rand, Leo Roberts, Tosh Wanogho-Maud, Christina Bennington, Victoria Hinde, Linda John-Pierre and Simbi Akande, Georgie Ashford, Laura Darton, Joshua Da Costa, Dale Evans and Tom Partridge 

Commentaire: Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, this epic musical follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi River. One of the most romantic musicals of all time, this lavish new production is directed by Daniel Evans and features classics of musical theatre including Make Believe, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, and the landmark Ol’ Man River.  (plus) 

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Théâtre
Revival

10) War Horse (Revival)   

Joué durant  6 ans 11 mois 2 semaines

Première preview: sam. 28 mars 2009
Première: ven. 03 avril 2009
Dernière: sam. 12 mars 2016

Metteur en scène: Marianne Elliott • Tom Morris •  
Chorégraphe:  
Avec: Gareth Aled (Joey/Topthorn Head), Nigel Allen (Joey/Topthorn Head), Antony Antunes (Topthorn Hind), Derek Arnold (Joey / Topthorn Hind), Alex Avery (Captain Nicholls), Oliver Beamish (Sergeant Allan), Richard Booth (Topthorn Head), Alistair Brammer (Billy Narracott), Ashleigh Cheadle (Baby Joey), Eke Chukwu (Rudi), Darren Cockrill (Joey /Topthorn Heart), Ewen Cummins (Chapman Carter / Soldat Schmidt), Tamsin Fessey (Baby Joey), Nicholas Hart (Joey Head), Paul Hawkyard (Sergeant Thunder), Tom Hodgkins (Arthur Narracott), Jamie Kenna (Ted Narracott), Pieter Lawman (John Greig), Andrew London (Joey Heart), Brian Lonsdale (Thomas Bone), Josh McCord (David Taylor), Dogan Mehmet (Songman), Tom Meredith (Goose /Unteroffizier Klebb), Ben Murray (Songman), Steve North (Dr Schweyk/ Sergeant Fine), Lewis Peploe (Joey/Topthorn Hind), Sergio Priftis (Topthorn Heart), William Rycroft (Captain Stewart), Jack Sandle (Gefreiter Karl), Ian Shaw (Friedrich Muller), Michael Taibi (Joey/Topthorn Heart), Zoe Thorne (Emilie), Emma Thornett (Baby Joey/Paulette), Josie Walker (Rose Narracott), Brendan Wall (Vet Martin/Priest/Johann Schnabel), Sam Wilmott (Joey Hind) and Sion Daniel Young (Albert Narracott) 

Commentaire: Créé au National Theatre (Olivier Theatre) le 10 septembre 2007 (où il fut repris en septyembre 2008 avant d'être transféré au New London Theatre le 28 mars 2009.  (plus) 

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Musical
Original

9) Imagine this (Original)   

Joué durant  1 mois

Nb de représentations: 37 représentations
Première preview: mar. 04 novembre 2008
Première: mer. 19 novembre 2008
Dernière: sam. 20 décembre 2008

Metteur en scène: Timothy Sheader •  
Chorégraphe: Liam Steel •  
Avec: Peter Polycarpou (Daniel Warshowsky), Leila Benn-Harris (Rebecca), Simon Gleeson (Adam), Bernard Lloyd (Adolph) , Richard Cotton (Blick), Michael Matus (Izzy), Gary Milner (Otto), Steven Serlin (Jan), Sevan Stephan (Max), Sarah Ingram (Sarah), Cameron Leigh (Lola), Rachael Archer, Marc Antolin, Stuart Boother, Emily Jane Boyle, Oliver Brenin, Michael Camp, Joel Elferink, Bob Harms, Paul Iveson, Roy Litvin, Aoife Nally, Grant Neal, Darragh O'Leary, Vincent Pirillo, Philippa Stefani, Rebecca Sutherland, Carrie Sutton, Gemma Sutton, Lucy Thatcher, Michael Watson 

Commentaire: The Israeli composer Shuki Levy’s original idea was a show about the siege at Masada in 73AD. His collaborator, TV writer Glenn Berenbeim, suggested instead a play-within-a-play set inside the Warsaw Ghetto. The end result proved very controversial. The Warsaw Ghetto where 360,000 Jews were sealed off and subjected to starvation, disease and ultimate death was itself not an ideal setting for a musical. For some, telling a Holocaust story by means of “offensively banal, soft-pop music that limps in train with . . .trivial lyrics” (Evening Standard) seemed in the worst possible taste. The show was accused of “bumming a ride on the Holocaust”, endowing second-rate art with an air of moral significance. But for others, it was a brave and sincere attempt at “serious” musical theatre, with a magnificent central performance from Peter Polycarpou, some impressive songs and a highly effective and moving way of keeping alive the message of the Holocaust. The show tried out in Plymouth in July 2007, and finally opened in the West End on November 19 th , following 15 previews from November 4 th . As a result of some very damning reviews, it closed on December 20th, after just one month.  (plus) 

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Musical
Original

8) Gone with the wind (Original)   

Joué durant  1 mois 3 semaines

Nb de représentations: 79 représentations
Première preview: sam. 05 avril 2008
Première: mar. 22 avril 2008
Dernière: sam. 14 juin 2008

Metteur en scène: Trevor Nunn •  
Chorégraphe: David Bolger •  
Avec: Jill Paice (Scarlett O’Hara), Darius Danesh (Rhett Butler), Edward Baker-Duly (Ashley Wilkes), Madeleine Worral (Melanie Hamitlon), Natasha Yvette Williams (Mammy), Jina Burrows (Prissy), Susan Jane Tanner (Aunt Pittypat), Jeff Shankley (Dr Meade), Julian Forsyth, Susannah Fellows, Ray Shell. 

Commentaire: Based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell and the subsequent film–script, the epic “Gone with the Wind” had become one of the most popular and best-remembered stories of the 20th Century. Drawing on his experience with “Nicholas Nickleby” in 1980, Trevor Nunn used the same technique to cram the 1000 page novel into three and a half hours onstage: relying heavily on multiple narrators who rattle through the plot by interspersing dialogue with large chunks of narration straight from the novel. Accordingly, the songs seem constantly to interrupt the proceedings rather than deepening or adding to the story. The production included some tentative efforts at political correctness by supplying the slaves with some attractive gospel songs and spirituals and by turning Prissy (the lazy and stupid slave-girl from the film version) into a sanitised, witty would-be teacher. However, the film’s splendid epic quality is sorely missed - the much-remembered burning of Atlanta sequence is represented by some orange lights and the burning of a Confederate flag – and with 36 actors playing over 90 parts the show often becomes a blur of activity, some of it blundering and clumsy, and some of it moving so quickly that the audience could not keep up with the plot. There was praise for the performers and the design, but, all in all, it was felt to be a self-indulgent, prolonged vanity exercise for the composer and the director, and a painfully drawn out and tedious exercise for the audience. Although initially bookings were accepted up to the end of September, the show was finally withdrawn on June 14 th after 79 performances.  (plus) 

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Théâtre
Revival

7) King Lear (Revival)

Joué durant  1 mois 2 semaines

Première preview: mer. 14 novembre 2007
Première: mer. 28 novembre 2007
Dernière: sam. 12 janvier 2008

Metteur en scène: Trevor Nunn •  
Chorégraphe: Aucun •  
Avec: Ian Mckellen (King Lear ), Ben Addis (King Of France), Frances Barber (Goneril), Adam Booth (1st Knight), Zoe Boyle (Goneril's Lady In Waiting), Russell Byrne (Doctor), Naomi Capron (Servant ), Monica Dolan (Regan), Romola Garai (Cordelia), William Gaunt (Gloucester), Richard Goulding (2nd Knight), Julian Harries (Albany ), John Heffernan (Oswald), Peter Hinton (Duke Of Burgundy), Jonathan Hyde (Kent), Melanie Jessop (3rd Servant), Gerald Kyd (Servant), Seymour Matthews (Curan), Sylvester Mccoy (Fool), Ben Meyjes (Edgar), David Weston (Gentleman), Guy Williams (Cornwall), Philip Winchester (Edmund) 

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Théâtre
Revival

6) Seagull (The) (Revival)

Joué durant  1 mois 2 semaines

Première preview: mer. 21 novembre 2007
Première: mar. 27 novembre 2007
Dernière: sam. 12 janvier 2008

Metteur en scène: Trevor Nunn •  
Chorégraphe: Aucun •  
Avec: Ian McKellen and William Gaunt will share the role of Sorin. Frances Barber (Arkadina), Ben Addis (Servant), Adam Booth (Estate Worker), Zoe Boyle (Arkadina's Maid), Russell Byrne (Servant), Naomi Capron (Cook), Monica Dolan (Masha), Romola Garai (Nina), Richard Goulding (Konstantin), Julian Harries (Estate Worker ), John Heffernan (Estate Worker), Peter Hinton (Yakov), Jonathan Hyde (Dr Dorn), Melanie Jessop (Polina), Gerald Kyd (Trigorin), Seymour Matthews (Old Servant), Ben Meyjes (Medvedenko), David Weston (Butler), Guy Williams (Shamrayev), Philip Winchester (Estate Worker) 

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Spectacle
Revival

5) Blue Man Group (Revival)

Joué durant  1 an 8 mois 1 semaine

Première preview: jeu. 10 novembre 2005
Première: lun. 14 novembre 2005
Dernière: mar. 24 juillet 2007

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Musical
Revival

4) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Revival)

Joué durant  2 ans 6 mois

Nb de représentations: 872 représentations
Première preview: jeu. 13 février 2003
Première: lun. 03 mars 2003
Dernière: lun. 05 septembre 2005

Metteur en scène: Bill Kenwright •  
Chorégraphe: Henry Metcalf •  
Avec: Stephen Gately (Joseph), Vivienne Carlyle (Narrator), John Marques (Benjamin), Trevor Jary (Pharaoh), James Head, Kay Murphy, Russell Hicken, Philip Burrows 

Commentaire: Tryout Dates: Empire Theatre [Liverpool] - 16/12/2002 - 11/1/2003
The seventh West End revival …  (plus) 

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Musical
Original

3) Umoja: the Spirit of Togetherness (Original)

Joué durant  5 mois

Première preview: ven. 06 septembre 2002
Première: ven. 06 septembre 2002
Dernière: sam. 08 février 2003

Metteur en scène: Ian von Memerty •  
Chorégraphe: ???? ???? •  
Avec: Hope Ndaba, Jeannette Baholo, Siboniso Dladla, Sipho Dlamini, Xolosile Dlamini, Nontsikelelo Dipudi, Jabulile Dube, Unathi Hans, Jackie Kumbuzile, Gabisile Manana, Zwelake Mapumulo, Thulane Maqungu, Collen Mavundhla, S'Tombe Mazibuko, Mthokosize Mkhize, Bongani Mokhitli, Bonginkosi Mthembu, Thabiso Mthunzi, Thabile Mtshali, Musa Ndaba, Justin Ndhlovu, Mthokozist Ngcobo, Nonhlanhla Ngcobo, Sipho Ngwane, Benjamin Nhassavele, Lindiwe Ntuli, Cleopatra Phika, Stephen Sebatledo, Thabiso Serobanyane, Nonhle Sylvester, Israel Thabethe, Luck Thobela, Nomsu Tollie. 

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Musical
Original

2) Cats (Original)   

Joué durant  21 ans

Nb de représentations: 8949 représentations
Première preview: jeu. 30 avril 1981
Première: lun. 11 mai 1981
Dernière: sam. 11 mai 2002

Metteur en scène: Trevor Nunn •  
Chorégraphe: Gillian Lynne •  
Avec: Elaine Paige (Grizabella), Paul Nicholas (Rum Turn Tugger), Stephen Tate (Asparagus), Wayne Sleep Mister Mistoffoles), Brian Blessed (Deuteronomy), Kenny Wells (Skimbleshanks), Susan Jane Tanner (Griddlebone), Bonnie Langford (Rumpleteazer), John Thornton (Mungo Jerrie), Jeff Shankley (Munkustrap), Myra Sands (Jennyandots) , Sarah Brightman (Jemima) 

Commentaire: Based on T.S.Eliot’s children’s book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”. Originally Judi Dench was cast as Grizabella but she suffered a leg injury during rehearsals and was forced to leave the show. The lyrics for fragments of T.S.Eliot’s verse, and the song became one of the greatest hits of the 20th Century, with over 600 different recordings. In January 1996 “Cats” became the
longest running UK musical up to that time, overtaking “Chorus Line”, when it achieved its 6,138th performance. On June 19th 1997 it became the longest running show to date in New York.
It played a total of 8,949 performances in London. Its final performance was on its 21 st birthday, 11 May 2002, and broadcast on a large screen in Covent Garden to the delight of fans who could not acquire a ticket for the final performance. It held the record as London's longest running musical until 8 October 2006, when it was surpassed by “Les Miserables”.  (plus) 

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Musical
Original London

1) Grease (Original London)

Joué durant  

Nb de représentations: 236 représentations
Première preview: Inconnu
Première: mar. 26 juin 1973
Dernière: Inconnu

Metteur en scène: Tom Moore •  
Chorégraphe: Patricia Birch •  
Avec: Miss Lynch ... Ann Way / Patty Simcox ... Claire Faulcon Bridge / Eugene Florczyk ... Stephen Marsh / Jan ... Colette Kelly / Marty ... Hilary Labow / Betty Rizzo ... Jacquie-Ann Carr / Doody ... Derek James / Roger ... Stephen Bent / Kenickie ... Peter Armitage / Sonny La Tierri ... Doug Fisher 

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