“I worked with Gillian at her LEAN TWO company for several years. We were always close friends, ever since the Pebble Mill days. Nine days before she died I was invited by Andrew Lloyd Webber for the renaming of the New London Theatre to the Gillian Lynne Theatre. Quite a starry event, and Gillie was carried onstage on a golden throne!!!! Lots of lovely tributes but she was very frail. I hadn’t seen her since her birthday in February and it was obvious that the incredible dancer’s body (issue a fitness DVD at the age of 88, anyone?) was giving up. I wondered then if I would see her again.
The tributes have been amazing, both here in the West End and on Broadway. Andrew Lloyd Webber yesterday has put up a huge video screen above the stage door of the Palladium with a lovely picture of Gillie and a very sweet message from him.”
Carol Kilby (formerly Parks)