Thursday, 11 December 2014

Gillian Lynne to miss Cats opening following accident

Writing on Twitter, the legendary Gillian Lynne has explained that she will not be able to attend tonight's official opening of Cats at the London Palladium due to a "horrid accident". Lynne has broken her ribs in ten places.

She tweeted the following:

We send Gillian all our love and wish her a speedy recovery!

Trevor Nunn, Andrew Lloyd Webber & Gillian Lynne
with the cast of Cats
Nicole Scherzinger stars as Grizabella in the West End revival of Cats which is one of the longest-running shows in West End and on Broadway. The musical received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. 

In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony awards including Best Musical, and ran for eighteen years. Since its world premiere, Cats has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 10 languages and has been seen by over 50 million people world-wide. 

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team - Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber - have reunited to bring Cats back to the West End.

Photo Credit: Dan Wooller

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