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Gillian Lynne Theatre, London - The Home of Cinderella

About the Gillian Lynne Theatre

The Gillian Lynne Theatre, previously known as the New London Theatre, is one of the newest buildings on the West End, which is reflected in the comfort of seating. Opening in 1973, the concrete theatre has housed some of London’s most esteemed productions and is best-known for hosting Cats for an extensive 21 years. The National Theatre’s multiple award-winning War Horse played at the theatre from 2009-2016, followed by a five-star revival of Show Boat. Now, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway hit School of Rock the Musical entertains audiences.

Split across two levels, the Gillian Lynne Theatre features a thrust stage that juts into the auditorium, causing seats to surround the stage in square horseshoe shape. Seats in rows I-S face the stage side-on.

In May 2018, after previously having been known as the New London Theatre, the Gillian Lynne Theatre got its current name in honour of the legendary dancer and choreographer.

Plan your visit

The Gillian Lynne Theatre opens around 45 minutes before the show starts. The Box Office opens from 12pm on performance days.
There is no specific dress code for the Gillian Lynne Theatre. Patrons should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
Yes, the Gillian Lynne Theatre is fully air-conditioned.
Cloakroom facilities are available for ticket holders to store larger items during the show. There is a £1 per item charge.
Upon entry to the theatre, security staff will undertake bag and ticket checks. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
Cinderella is best for ages 6+ and children under the age of 3 will not be admitted into the auditorium. All adults and children entering the theatre must have a ticket. All children aged 16 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult and seated together.
The Gillian Lynne 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.
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.
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.
The Gillian Lynne Theatre is one of the newest West End theatres to be built, opening in 1973. However, the site has been used as a place of entertainment since Elizabethan times, with various music halls, rowdy taverns and glee clubs formerly occupying the space. In 2018, the theatre was renamed to honour the renowned choreographer Gillian Lynne, making it the first West End theatre to be named after a non-royal woman.

Help booking tickets

Tickets are held at the box office for collection 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.
The Gillian Lynne Theatre box office is open from 12pm on performance days from Monday-Saturday, and 10am-6pm on Sundays.
The Gillian Lynne Theatre box office can be contacted via email at
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
For large group bookings (10+), such as school groups or corporate trips, drop us an email at with the performance date and number of tickets, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. For smaller groups we advise selecting a production and booking online.
The Gillian Lynne Theatre's 1,200+ capacity auditorium and its spacious bar area can be hired for private and corporate events. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer, please email
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