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Gillian Lynne Theatre London

Gillian Lynne Theatre Tickets

Standing at the Sky's Edge
The Wizard Of Oz
My Neighbour Totoro

What’s On at Gillian Lynne Theatre

The Gillian Lynne Theatre is currently home to Olivier Award-winning British musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge. Since premiering in Sheffield in 2022, Chris Bush and former Pulp member Richard Hawley’s production has won over audiences across the UK with its story of three generations living on the iconic Park Hill Estate. Following seasons at the National Theatre, it is now enjoying a full West End staging at the Gillian Lynne. It is the latest in a long line of new and crowd-pleasing shows to appear to great acclaim on the venue’s expansive stage - and will be followed in 2025 by smash-hit Studio Ghibli adaptation My Neighbour Totoro.

About the Gillian Lynne Theatre

The Gillian Lynne Theatre, previously known as the New London Theatre, opened in 1973 and was designed by architect Paul Tvrtkovic. An entertainment building, of one kind or another, has been situated on the site of the theatre since Elizabethan times. It is known that famed comic actress Nell Gwynn performed regularly on the stage of the Great Mogul Tavern in the late 17th Century.

The modern theatre forms part of a large complex of buildings including shops, flats, restaurants and a car park. It is renowned for having a third of the entire auditorium on a large revolve, including several rows of seats in the front stalls. This was used to great acclaim when Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats opened in 1981. The musical remains the venue's longest-running production where it ran for over 20 years.

More recently, the theatre housed War Horse from 2009-2016 and Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash-hit School of Rock: The Musical. In May 2018, the theatre was renamed the Gillian Lynne Theatre in honour of the legendary choreographer. The name change marks the first West End theatre to be named after a non-royal woman.

Map and Address

166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW

The Gillian Lynne Theatre is located moments away from Holborn tube station, and close by to several boutiques, bars and restaurants in Covent Garden and Seven Dials. It is easily accessible from a variety of Central London transport links, and is near to the West End’s many tourist attractions, including Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, Chinatown and The Strand. It is always advised to double-check www.tfl.gov.uk to plan your route as the area is often busy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Gillian Lynne Theatre box office open and how do I collect tickets?

The box office is open from 12pm on performance days from Monday-Saturday, and 10am-6pm on Sundays and tickets are available to be collected or purchased on the day of your performance. Patrons should try to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please ensure you bring your confirmation email and a form of ID.

What time does the Gillian Lynne Theatre open for a show?

The theatre opens around 45 minutes before the show starts.

What food and drink are available at the Gillian Lynne Theatre?

The theatre has two bars (Winter Garden Bar and Middlesex Bar) both in the foyer area of the venue. Patrons can purchase a range of alcoholic and soft drinks, snacks, confectionery and ice creams.

Does the Gillian Lynne Theatre have a cloakroom?

Cloakroom facilities are available for ticket holders to store larger items during the show. There is a £1 per item charge.

Is the Gillian Lynne Theatre air-conditioned?

Yes, the theatre is fully air-conditioned.

Where should I eat near the Gillian Lynne Theatre?

With the bustling Covent Garden just a short walk away from the theatre, patrons have a wide range of choices to grab a bite to eat before the show. Italian restaurant BungaTINI is a popular choice due to its pre-theatre menu and proximity to the theatre. Alternatively, why not try ramen at Shoryu Covent Garden, this authentic Japanese restaurant is a five-minute walk from the theatre.

What is the best hotel to stay at near the Gillian Lynne Theatre?

The Travelodge Covent Garden is situated opposite the theatre and is a great choice for those on a budget, but looking to stay in a central location. If you're looking to make your theatre trip extra special, try the Waldorf Hilton, which is a 10-minute walk away and offers world-class facilities.

How do I contact the box office?

The box office can be contacted via email at customer.relations@lwtheatres.co.uk.
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