Dance History Quiz | New name for an old theater

Fun facts for teachers & students

This spring, Andrew Lloyd Webber announced that a theater in London’s West End would be named after the choreographer who collaborated with him on Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. Who is it?

a. Michael Bennett
b. Arlene Phillips
c. Gillian Lynne
d. Tommy Tune

c. Gillian Lynne

Andrew Lloyd Webber announced that the New London Theatre, which he owns, would be renamed the Gillian Lynne Theatre this year in a conversation with TV talk-show host Graham Norton. London’s Telegraph quoted him as saying, “Gillian has been a pioneer of British musical theatre and dance. Gillie’s groundbreaking work on Cats inspired and launched countless careers in dance. It is only fitting that the theatre in which she created Cats is named in her honour.” It will be the first theater in the city’s West End district to be named for a woman. The 92-year-old Lynne, honored as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the arts, was a logical choice: a former dancer with the Royal Ballet, she began collaborating with Lloyd Webber in 1981 on Cats, for which she served as choreographer and associate director; five years later, the composer approached her to work on Phantom of the Opera.

For more information:
 “A West End theatre dedicated to Gillian Lynne? It’s about time,” Telegraph, Mark Monahan, March 15, 2018