Choreographer Gillian Lynne says 'Reality TV is harming the theatre'

The doyenne of dance, who is soon to receive an Olivier special award, believes culture of instant fame is bad for stage shows

The woman behind a host of bestselling West End shows over the past 30 years is worried about the future of the industry. Gillian Lynne, the doyenne of live dance as choreographer of Cats, The Phantom of The Opera and Aspects of Love, is to receive an Olivier award for lifetime achievement next month. She told the Observer she senses a growing threat to musical theatre from television. "It is a real problem for the West End," said the former classical ballerina. "Television, especially reality TV, is a danger because producers drop someone into a role who has been on television. It's not healthy. They want instant fame."

Recently, the Wizard of Oz, Chicago and Oliver! have all been promoted by using cast members known to TV audiences first,
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