School Of Rock London Celebrates 1000th Performance

School Of Rock the musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical School Of Rock celebrated its 1000th performance last night at London’s Gillian Lynne Theatre. Present at the celebrations at the Gillian Lynne Theatre were the show’s book writer Julian Fellowes, the show’s director Laurence Connor and the show’s choreographer JoAnn M Hunter. Craig Gallivan leads the cast in the role of Dewey Finn with Claudia Kariuki as Rosalie Mullins, Alan Pearson as Ned Schneebly, Michelle Francis as Patty Di Marco and Jake Sharp who will play Dewey Finn at certain performances.  The remaining adult cast comprises John Addison, Nick Butcher, Rob Falconer, Martina Isibor, Claudia Kariuki, Jessica Louise Parkinson, Richard Morse, Andy Rees, Hannah Stratton, Alex Tomkins and James Wolstenholme with swings Paul Kemble, Jessica Kirton, Billy Mitchell, Catherine Morris and Andy Prosser. They are joined by Gavin Alex, Georgie Ashford, Koko Basigara, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ashford Campbell, Treyc Cohen, Natasha Cottriall, Michael Duke, Matthew Gonsalves, … Read more

Dame Gillian Lynne Remembered

Gillian Lynne

Dame Gillian Lynne DBE was a noted ballerina choreographer actress, director, dancer and actress. Born in Bromley London on 20 February 1926 Gillian’s gift for dancing was discovered by a doctor. She had been under-performing at school, so her mother took her to the doctor and explained about her fidgeting and lack of focus. After hearing everything her mother said, the doctor told Lynne that he needed to talk to her mother privately for a moment. He turned on the radio and walked out. He then encouraged her mother to look at Lynne, who was dancing to the radio. The doctor noted that she was a dancer, and encouraged Lynne’s mother to take her to dance school. Gillian’s artistry led to a varied career unparalleled by many of her contemporaries her choreographic talents saw her contribute to shows on both side of the Atlantic with some of theatres biggest names. … Read more

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