Gillian Lynne
Award for Best Theatre Choreographer
Awarded forBest Theatre Choreographer
Location England
Presented bySociety of London Theatre
First awarded1991
Currently held byArlene Phillips with James Cousins for Guys and Dolls (2024) Edit this at Wikidata

The Gillian Lynne Award for Best Theatre Choreographer is an annual award presented by the Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial London theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor and director Laurence Olivier.

This award was introduced in 1991 as the Best Theatre Choreographer award and was renamed in honor of English choreographer Gillian Lynne in 2023.[1]

Winners and nominees


Year Choreographer Production
Charles Augins Five Guys Named Moe
Terry John Bates Dancing at Lughnasa
Lawrence Evans The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus
Rafael Aguilar Matador
Steven Berkoff The Trial
The Dancers Tango Argentino
Anthony Van Laast Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Susan Stroman Crazy for You
Kenneth MacMillan Carousel
Marcello Magni The Street of Crocodiles
Tommy Tune Grand Hotel
Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas Stomp!
Welcome Msomi Tamburlaine the Great
Arlene Phillips Grease
Anthony Van Laast The Beggar's Opera
David Atkins and Dein Perry Hot Shoe Shuffle
Jonathan Lunn Pericles
Rob Marshall She Loves Me
David Toguri Once on This Island
Dein Perry Tap Dogs
Lars Bethke Fame
Wayne McGregor A Little Night Music
Bob Avian Martin Guerre
Wayne Cilento Tommy
Simon McBurney The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Rob Marshall Damn Yankees
Ann Reinking Chicago
Matt West Beauty and the Beast
Susan Stroman Oklahoma!
Loukmaan Adams and Jody Abrahams Kat and the Kings
Peter Gennaro Annie
Arlene Phillips Saturday Night Fever


Year Choreographer Production
Garth Fagan The Lion King
Peter Darling Candide
Craig Revel Horwood Spend Spend Spend
Stephen Mear Soul Train
Bob Fosse and Ann Reinking Fosse
Peter Darling Merrily We Roll Along
Stephen Mear Singin' in the Rain
Meryl Tankard The Beautiful Game
Matthew Bourne My Fair Lady
Irving Davies The Play What I Wrote
Scarlett Mackmin Privates on Parade
Kathleen Marshall Kiss Me, Kate
Matthew Bourne and Company Play Without Words
Peter Darling Our House
Craig Revel Horwood My One and Only
Susan Stroman Contact
Karen Bruce Pacific Overtures
Jenny Arnold Jerry Springer
Rob Ashford Thoroughly Modern Millie
Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear Mary Poppins
Adam Cooper Grand Hotel
Susan Stroman The Producers
Peter Darling Billy Elliot
Rob Ashford Guys and Dolls
Javier de Frutos Cabaret
Rob Ashford Evita
Bill Deamer The Boy Friend
Stephen Mear Sinatra
Toby Sedgwick War Horse
Rob Ashford Parade
Jerry Mitchell Hairspray
Casey Nicholaw The Drowsy Chaperone
Steven Hoggett Black Watch
Rafael Amargo Zorro
Lynne Page La Cage aux Folles
Kate Prince Into the Hoods
Sergio Trujillo Jersey Boys


Year Choreographer Production
Stephen Mear Hello, Dolly!
Matthew Bourne Oliver!
Bill T. Jones Spring Awakening
Anthony Van Laast Sister Act
Leon Baugh Sucker Punch
Bill T. Jones Fela!
Stephen Mear Sweet Charity
Jerry Mitchell Legally Blonde
Peter Darling Matilda
Javier de Frutos London Road
Stephen Mear Crazy for You
Andrew Wright Singin' in the Rain
Bill Deamer Top Hat
Scott Ambler Chariots of Fire
Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Stephen Mear Kiss Me, Kate
Casey Nicholaw The Book of Mormon
Peter Darling Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Steven Hoggett Once
Susan Stroman The Scottsboro Boys
Sergio Trujillo Memphis
Jerry Mitchell Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Annie-B Parson Here Lies Love
Josh Prince Beautiful
Drew McOnie In the Heights
Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright Guys and Dolls
Stephen Mear Gypsy
Jerry Mitchell Kinky Boots
Matthew Bourne The Red Shoes
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane Groundhog Day
Steven Hoggett Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Drew McOnie Jesus Christ Superstar
Andy Blankenbuehler Hamilton
Bill Deamer Follies
Kate Prince Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Randy Skinner 42nd Street
Christopher Wheeldon An American in Paris
Kelly Devine Come from Away
Christopher Gattelli The King and I
Carrie-Anne Ingrouille Six
Liam Steel Company


Year Choreographer Production
Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear Mary Poppins
Fabian Aloise Evita
Matt Cole (based on original choreography by Jerome Robbins) Fiddler on the Roof
Jennifer Weber & Juliet
2021 Not presented due to extended closing of theatre productions during COVID-19 pandemic[A]
Kathleen Marshall Anything Goes
Finn Caldwell Life of Pi
Julia Cheng Cabaret
Sonya Tayeh Moulin Rouge!
Matt Cole Newsies
Lynne Page Standing at the Sky's Edge
Kate Prince Sylvia
Basil Twist My Neighbour Totoro
Arlene Phillips with James Cousins Guys and Dolls
Fabian Aloise Sunset Boulevard
Ellen Kane & Hannes Langolf Dear England
Mark Smith The Little Big Things
Susan Stroman Crazy for You
  1. ^ a b Due to late March 2020[2] to late July 2021[3] closing of London theatre productions during the COVID-19 pandemic in England, the 2022 awards recognise productions that launched anytime from February 2020 to February 2022[4]

Multiple awards and nominations for Best Theatre Choreographer


Five awards
Three awards
Two awards


Ten nominations

Seven nominations

Six nominations
Four nominations
Three nominations
Two nominations

See also


  1. ^ Gillian Lynne Award for Best Theatre Choreographer | Lynne and Land Foundation, retrieved 2023-04-23
  2. ^ Johnson, The Rt Hon Boris, MP (2020-03-23). Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 23 March 2020 [transcript] (Speech). Prime Minister's Televised Speech to the United Kingdom. London, UK. Archived from the original on 2020-06-09. Retrieved 2022-04-25. From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction — you must stay at home.((cite speech)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ McPhee, Ryan (2021-06-14). "U.K. Postpones Reopening Roadmap; West End Theatres Will No Longer Reopen in Full in June". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2021-06-14. Retrieved 2022-04-25. Step 4 of the roadmap will allow productions to play without capacity restrictions. June 21 was the goal; now, the government is eyeing July 19.
  4. ^ Thomas, Sophie (2022-03-08). "Everything you need to know about the Olivier Awards". Archived from the original on 2022-04-11. Retrieved 2022-04-25. Any new production that opened between 19 Feb. 2020 to 22 Feb. 2022 are eligible for categories in the 2022 Olivier Awards. With two years worth of shows set for honours in one year's ceremony, the 2022 Olivier Awards will prove tougher competition than before.