Gillian Lynne Theatre

Gillian Lynne Theatre. Image courtesy of Really Useful Theatres Group.
See world-class shows at this Covent Garden theatre that was once the home of Cats. Read More


Named after leading actress, ballerina and choreographer, Dame Gillian Lynne, this West End theatre is best known as the home of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats. It's more recently hosted Michael Morpurgo's War Horse and School of Rock.

Formerly named New London Theatre, the Gillian Lynne Theatre is a short walk from the famous Covent Garden market and piazza, the Royal Opera House and a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes.

Although a relatively modern building, with its present-day auditorium having been opened in the 1970s, live entertainment at this site can be traced back to the 17th century, when it was a tavern; and the mid-18th century, when it became a music hall.

Venue Details & Map

Gillian Lynne Theatre

166 Drury Lane
Covent Garden
+44 (0)20 7087 7750


Event Facilities
Raked or tiered seating offered

Yelp Reviews

9.00 out of 5
based on 13 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Gillian Lynne Theatre

4.0 out of 5
03 March 2016
by James B.

Great place to watch a show, our seats were to the left of the stage and I wouldn't recommend sitting there, although cheap the view isn't worth it.

You feel left out of the show and at some points that you are in fact missing the show as you can't see anything happening below.

Had a great time and War Horse is now my new favorite show!

The theatre itself has many many bars so at the... more

4.0 out of 5
28 March 2016
by Larissa G.

I've only been to New London Theatre once to catch a showing of "War Horse", but based on my time here, I'd consider seeing a show here again. This is a lovely, comfortable venue. Honestly, it feels newer than it really is, which is a serious testament to how well the place is cleaned and maintained, I think. And the stage itself is wonderful - a wide open space with rows and rows of seats... more

5.0 out of 5
29 July 2014
by Tally D.

Love this theatre! The layout is really easy to navigate, an escalator to the main area then some stairs leading to an open waiting area and finally clearly labelled stairs to each seating section. There were so many staff around who were very helpful and made everything run smoothly.

I sat in Stall A seat 2 - basically extremely close to the stage and to the right. I personally thought it... more

4.0 out of 5
20 November 2013
by Elizabeth H.

3.5 stars. I just round up.

A few minutes walking from Covent Garden, this is a fairly modern theatre. No historical significances or intricate interior detailing. There are multiple stages here and I believe, two showings of War Horse happening simultaneously when I went to see it.

The building:

VERY clean. Easy to navigate. Spacious foyer for drinks. Accepts card for souvenir... more

5.0 out of 5
01 May 2016
by Samuel A.

Tony- and Olivier-award 1927 musical touches on Southern racial prejudice and tragic enduring love staged on Mississippi show boat. Excellent vocals of opera-quality! more

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