By Paul Couch
Venues across London’s West End dimmed their lights last night [9 March 2016] in memory of Michael White, one of the theatre industry’s most influential producers, who has died of heart failure in California at the age of 80.
Before yesterday evening’s performances commenced, audience members and industry professionals alike recognised the celebrated producer while lights were dimmed for two minutes as a mark of respect.
The tradition, which is performed to honour theatre’s most prestigious and loved contributors, took place across the West End.
White, the recipient of 2014’s Special Award at the Olivier Awards, produced more than 100 shows during a career that spanned more than 50 years across theatre, film and television. A legendary impresario, White’s theatre production credits include the West End premieres of The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and A Chorus Line.
His film work includes:The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978), Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.