West End theatres are planning to dim their lights tonight, Friday 16 June 2023, in memory of actor Glenda Jackson.
Glenda Jackson died on 15 June 2023, aged 87.
The lights of all West End theatres will dim their lights for two minutes, at 7pm tonight.
Hannah Essex, co-chief executive of the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, said in a statement: “The theatre world mourns the loss of the late Glenda Jackson, whose work touched so many generations. We are proud to celebrate her incredible legacy in the West End.”
Her agent Lionel Larner announced the news yesterday, saying: “Glenda Jackson, two-time Academy Award-winning actress and politician, died peacefully at her home in Blackheath, London this morning after a brief illness with her family at her side. She recently completed filming The Great Escaper in which she co-starred with Michael Caine.”
Jackson won two Oscars, three Emmys, two BAFTAs and a Tony in an acting career which spanned six decades.
Despite a long and illustrious stage career, an Olivier Award alluded her, although she was nominated five times: in 2017 for her performance in King Lear at The Old Vic; in 1984 for Strange Interlude at the Duke of York’s; in 1980 for Rose at the Duke of York’s; in 1979 for the RSC’s Antony and Cleopatra at the Aldwych Theatre; and in 1977 for Stevie at the Vaudeville Theatre.