Saturday, April 17

Andrew Lloyd Webber in trouble for painting Adelphi Theatre black

Andrew Lloyd Webber is facing a 20,000GBP fine for illegally painting the Adelphi Theatre black in line with the marketing and poster publicity material for his latest musical Love Never Dies.

He had been asked to restore the Adelphi or he could face legal action. His "Really Useful Theatre Company" lodged a planning application with Westminster City Council on 21st January, but the painting occurred before they received this application.

Council planning officers issued a report saying "The works have changed the character and appearance of the theatre and harmed its special architectural and historic interest, and also the Covent Garden conservation area's character and appearance." The Theatres Trust is saying that the Adelphi may remain black as long as it is restored at the end of the production.

A meeting of the council's planning applications sub-committee next Thursday will decide whether or not legal enforcement will take place. A draft of the letter which will be sent to Andrew Lloyd Webber reads, "It is a criminal offence to carry out work on a listed building without our consent. We will be pursuing enforcement action for the removal of the black paint."

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