The idea for our Foundation came about following a conversation a few years ago on how fortunate and grateful we both were for having people helping us early on in our respective careers .

Dame Gillian’s very sad death on 1st July 2018 spurred me on to keep her name alight and make it her legacy to help young, talented people more easily bear the financial burden of their training, especially given the difficulties and costs of modern life.

With a hugely knowledgeable and supportive group of Patrons and Trustees around me, the Foundation will help students of the choreographic arts, drama and musical theatre to achieve their full potential by providing Scholarships and Grants to selected schools and organisations for the performing arts.


“Energy Breeds Energy”

— Dame Gillian Lynne

Gillian Lynne’s career started at the age of fourteen: leap-frogging from the Sadler’s Wells Ballet to Star Dancer at the London Palladium to a film opposite Hollywood royalty Errol Flynn.

It was this original style and energy that helped make Gillian the leading director/ choreographer of her generation; best-known for her groundbreaking staging and choreography for Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.