Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Gillian Lynne Biography (1926-)
Born February 20, 1926, in Bromley, England; daughter of Leslie Pyrke (in business) and Barbara (a dancer; maiden name, Hart) Lynne; married Patrick St. John Back (a lawyer; divorced); married Peter Land (a theatrical agent and actor), 1980. Addresses: OFFICE--18 Rutland Street, Knightsbridge, LondonSW7 1EF, England.
- Birth Details
- February 20, 1926
- Bromley, England
- STAGE DEBUT--Dancer, Sadler's Wells Ballet Company, London, 1944.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Claudine, Can-Can, Coliseum Theatre, London, 1954.
- narrator, Peter and the Wolf, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London, 1958.
- Also appeared in Becky Sharp, Windsor, U.K., 1959; New Cranks, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1960; as the Queen of the Wilis, Giselle (ballet), and the Lilac Fairy, Sleeping Beauty (ballet), both Sadler's Wells Ballet Company, London; and in repertory at Hythe, U.K., Windsor, U.K., and at the DevonTheatre Festival, Devon, U.K., all 1953.
- PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK; ALL AS CHOREOGRAPHER,UNLESS INDICATED (Also director) Round Leicester Square and Collages, both Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1963.
- Pickwick, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1965.
- The Roar of the Greasepaint--The Smell of the Crowd, Shubert Theatre, NewYork City, 1965.
- A Comedy of Errors, Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, U.K., 1976, then Aldwych Theatre, London, 1977.
- The Trojans (opera) and Parsifal (opera), both Covent Garden Opera House,London, 1977.
- director (with John Barton) A Midsummer Night's Dream, RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, then Aldwych Theatre, both 1977.
- As You Like It, RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1977.
- The Yeoman of the Guard, Tower of London, London, 1978.
- Once in a Lifetime, RSC, Aldwych Theatre, 1979.
- My Fair Lady, Adelphi Theatre, London, 1979.
- Songbook, Globe Theatre, London, 1979.
- (also associate director) Cats, New London Theatre, London, 1981, then Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1982.
- (also director) Cats, Vienna, Austria, 1983.
- director, Jeeves Takes Charge, Space at City Center, then Roundabout Theatre, both New York City, 1983, later Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC, 1986.
- (also director) Cafe Soir (ballet), Houston Ballet Company, Houston, TX,1985.
- (also director) Cabaret, Strand Theatre, London, 1986.
- The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 1986, then Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1988.
- Also choreographer, unless indicated: The Owl and the Pussycat (ballet),Western Theatre Ballet, 1961; England, Our England, 1962; director, The Matchgirls, 1966; director, Bluebeard, Sadler's Wells Opera Company, London, 1969;director, Love on the Dole, Nottingham, U.K., 1971; Ambassador, 1971; director, Once Upon a Time, 1972; Liberty Ranch, 1972; The Papertown Chase, 1973; The Card, 1973; Hans Anderson, 1974; director, Home Is Best, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1978; The Way of the World, RSC, 1979.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Associate director and choreographer, Cats, U.S. cities, 1983--, and of various productions throughout the world.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Marianne, The Master of Ballantrae, Warner Brothers, 1953.
- Gaskin's girl, The Last Man to Hang, Columbia, 1956.
- Also appeared in Make Mine a Million (also known as Look before You Laugh), Schoenfeld, 1965.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM WORK; CHOREOGRAPHER
- Seaside Swingers (also known as Every Day's a Holiday), Embassy, 1965.
- Swingers' Paradise (also known as Wonderful Life), American International, 1965.
- Three Hats for Lisa, Warner Brothers/Pathe, 1965.
- Half a Sixpence, Paramount, 1967.
- Two Hundred Motels, United Artists, 1971.
- Man of La Mancha, United Artists, 1972.
- Mr. Quilp (also known as The Old Curiosity Shop), AVCO-Embassy, 1975.
- Yentl, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983.
- National Lampoon's European Vacation, Warner Brothers, 1985.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION WORK; SPECIALS
- Director and choreographer, A Simple Man, BBC.
- Also choreographer: Morte d'Arthur, BBC; Easy Money, BBC; Mrs. F.'s Friends, BBC; Fool on the Hill, Australian television.