RIP Dame Gillian Lynne

The Company at BRB are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dame Gillian Lynne DBE.

Having been a member of the original cast, Gillian worked with BRB in 2014 to re-create for a new generation Robert Helpmann's Miracle in the Gorbals. It was a privilege to work with her.  

David Bintley reflects: 

"It was with great sadness that we received the news this morning of Dame Gillian Lynne's passing. Only recently CEO Caroline Miller and I were proud and delighted to represent Birmingham Royal Ballet at the renaming of the New London Theatre, the Dame Gillian Lynne Theatre, and to honour this great lady of the stage.

In 2014 Gilly worked through the summer with the Company on her re-interpretation of Robert Helpmann’s wartime ballet Miracle in the Gorbals. It was a true labour of love for Gilly, who was a member of the original cast in 1944, and a great tribute to a man who clearly had a profound influence on her development as a choreographer and director. 

For the dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet it was an extraordinary experience that made them rethink entirely the relationship between dance and drama and it’s development throughout the rehearsal period.The resulting production was utterly compelling for the intensity and commitment of the dancers that Gilly had so lovingly coached in their roles. And that love was returned unreservedly.

Our thoughts and condolences go to Gilly’s beloved Peter at this sad time."

She will be deeply missed.

Read more about Dame Gillian's time with us at BRB by clicking here.