Pimlott, who received an OBE for his services to drama last month, was thought to be in remission. He was scheduled to direct the National Theatre's upcoming revival of Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo staring Zoe Wanamaker. The National's artistic director, Nicholas Hytner, will now helm the production, which has been fully conceived and cast by Pimlott.
During his career, Pimlott worked extensively at the Royal Shakespeare Festival, the Sheffield Crucible, and the Chichester Summer Festival, which he ran for three years, He also directed more than 35 operas in Germany, Austria, Australia, Japan, Israel, and the United Kingdom.
In addition to Joseph and Bombay Dreams, Pimlott's other musical credits included Doctor Dolittle and the 1989 UK premiere of Sunday in the Park with George at the National Theatre.