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Theatres in the UK pay tribute to West End maestro Bill Kenwright

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Theatres throughout the United Kingdom will honour the memory of Bill Kenwright, the West End impresario, who passed away at age 78.

Several theaters will pay their tributes and commemorate Bill Kenwright's legacy by dimming their marquee lights, displaying career tributes on their house screens, or illuminating their venues in Everton blue, the Premier League football club of which he served as chairman from 2004 until his passing. This tribute is scheduled for the evening of 26 October, at 7 pm.

Bill Kenwright: The West End maestro

In a career that spanned six decades, Kenwright brought to life over 500 West End, Broadway, UK touring, and international theatre productions, films, and music albums. Eleanor Lloyd, the president of the Society of London Theatre, emphasized, "Bill was a theatrical legend – a true impresario whose passion, spirit, and enthusiasm left an indelible mark on the British Theatre for 60 years. We are proud that the entire industry can unite to honor his incredible career. His loss will be deeply felt throughout the theater business and beyond."

Jon Gilchrist and Stephanie Sirr, co-presidents of UK Theatre, concurred, "Bill was a stalwart of the touring theater circuit. His dedication to regional theater played a crucial role in sustaining several industry institutions through challenging times. He dedicated a significant portion of his prolific career to productions across the UK, and his exceptional contributions to the sector will always be remembered. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and loved ones."

Be sure to check out our guide on the seating plan for West End theatres!