Today we woke up to the miserable news that Lynda Bellingham has passed away. Lynda was a wonderful actress and even more wonderful person: sassy, bold, loud, energetic and, above all, very, very funny. She was one of those rare human beings who cannot help but bring joy to the world, and she will be sorely missed.
Lynda visited the old and new Marlowe Theatres several times, most recently in Calendar Girls (2012), and her presence filled the whole building. She was due to return at the end of September last year with the play A Passionate Woman. Lynda was advised not to commit to a national tour and she reluctantly pulled out, saying: “I’m devastated not to be able to honour my commitments to the play, but having toured many times before, I’m aware of the sheer stamina needed.”
Lynda’s death is a terrible loss. It’s also gut-wrenching that she will never grace our stage and entertain our audiences again. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.