Theatre world figures feature heavily in Queen's New Year's Honours
The big news from the Queen's New Year's honours list was the knighting of former Beatle Ringo Star. Everybody loves a mop-top! The honour came 28 long years after the other surviving Beatle Paul McCartney received the royal tap on the shoulder but was richly deserved.
As the 76-year-old drummer - real name Richard Starkey - commented: 'It’s great! It’s an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. Ringo.”
Even though the newspapers largely concentrated on the fab one, Bee Gee Barry Gibb who was also knighted and the ballet dancer turned ‘Strictly’ judge Darcy Bussell who became a Dame, there were of course a wealth of other recipients of a variety of honours.
Figures from theatre included co-founder and joint chief executive of the Ambassador Theatre Group, Rosemary Squire, who is made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to theatre and to philanthropy. While former children’s laureate, author and playwright Michael Morpurgo who wrote War Horse and Private Peaceful was knighted.
Actors Hugh Laurie, Susan Hampshire and Julia McKenzie all get CBEs.
Playwrights Peter Nichols and John Godber and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany all received OBE’s
Two veterans of the arts world broadcaster Melvyn Bragg and author and historian Antonia Fraser are made Members of the Order of the Companions of Honour.
Congratulations to all.