Dame Gillian Lynne, director and choreographer, dies

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on AUG 12, 2019

Lynne directed more than 60 productions in London's West End and on Broadway, and also contributed to 11 feature films and hundreds of television shows.

Dame Gillian Lynne, known for her trailblazing work in dance and directing, died on Monday at Princess Grace Hospital, according to Broadway World. She was 92.

Lynne directed more than 60 productions in London's West End and on Broadway, and also contributed to 11 feature films and hundreds of television shows as a producer, director, choreographer, or performer. She was the leading soloist with Sadler's Wells Ballet, starred opposite Errol Flynn in several movies, and used her distinctive fusion of classical and jazz styles to choreographCats.Her work in that production was so remarkable that a new category of the Olivier award, Outstanding Achievement in a Musical, was created to honor it.
On June 22, the New London Theatre in the West End was renamed the Gillian Lynne Theatre in recognition of her impressive career. It is the first theatre in the area to be named after a woman.

Lynne was born in Bromley, Kent, England in 1926. She met her husband, Peter Land, while co-directing a production ofMy Fair Lady. Lynne was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1997 and Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2014 in recognition of her career