LONDON (CelebrityAccess) – London’s Queen’s Theatre will be renamed as the Sondheim Theatre following an upcoming renovation.
The space, which is currently home to the original production of Les Misérables, will change its name to honor award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim when he turns 90 next March.
Speaking about the name change, Sondheim said: “I have loved British Theatre since I saw my first play here in 1958. I have treasured Cameron Mackintosh’s support and friendship ever since he produced Side by Side by Sondheim in 1976. Cameron is synonymous with British Theatre, so the confluence on this occasion is truly exhilarating. I am chuffed, as you say in British English, to a degree I wouldn’t have imagined. Or as we say in American English, it’s awesome.”
Owner Cameron Mackintosh added: “For the past 25 years I have tried to build a studio theatre in central London named after Sondheim, but it wasn’t to be. I felt this major refurbishment of a building that has housed his brilliant work was the perfect moment to put his name ‘on some marquee all twinkling lights – a spark to pierce the dark’. Stephen Sondheim has always been that spark to all of us.”
The name change makes Sondheim the only living artist to have a theatre named in his honor on both Broadway and in the West End.
The theatre will reopen with Les Misérables on December 18, 2019.