News: Great mentions for theatre in Queen’s Birthday honours

Some of theatre’s super stars have been named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list. 

The Old Vic’s artistic director Kevin Spacey is to receive an honorary Knighthood for services to theatre, arts education and international culture.

This is in recognition of Kevin’s outstanding contribution and achievements during his time at The Old Vic.

On learning of his award, Kevin Spacey said, “I am honoured and humbled by such recognition from the Queen. I must thank the British public for being so supportive of my efforts on behalf of The Old Vic. I feel like an adopted son.

Also recognised is Chiwetel Ejiofor who is awarded a CBE for services to drama. He’s currently stunning audiences with Everyman at the National Theatre.

Other actors receiving mentions are Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch who are recognised for their services to the performing arts. Benedict receives a CBE and Eddie an OBE.

Lesley Manville will also become an OBE for her services to drama. In 2011, Manville starred in Mike Leigh’s play Grief at the National Theatre. And, in 2014, she won best actress at the Olivier Awards for playing a distraught mother in Ibsen’s Ghosts.

Musical legend and all round loveable guy Michael Ball, who made his West End debut in 1985 playing Marius in the original London production of Les Miserables will also receive an OBE for his services to musical theatre.

Michael said: “It came out of the blue. I wasn’t expecting it and I don’t know what to say,” he said. “I love these things. For people in our business, it’s all we want is for people to say ‘you are lovely.

Chichester Festival have also had some incredible mentions with artistic director Jonathan Church and executive director Alan Finch being recognised for their services to theatre with CBEs.

An MBE has been awarded to theatre director and producer Paulette Randall for her services to drama.

And last but by no means least, Gypsy’s director Jonathan Kent, who is a regular name at Chichester, will receive a CBE for his services to music and theatre.

Fabulous to see so many recognised and what an incredible achievement for all.

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