HAPPY NEWs YEAR

  • The Queen’s new year’s honours list – recognises key figures in the arts including Rosemary Squire, Hugh Laurie and Michael Morpurgo. Squire, who was founder, co-owner and joint chief executive of The Ambassador Theatre Group is already an OBE, has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to theatre and to philanthropy. Author Morpurgo is given a knighthood for his services to literature and charity. His works include War Horse, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and Private Peaceful (all adapted for the stage) and between 2003 and 2005 was the third British children’s laureate. Comedian and actor Laurie is made Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama. Musical theatre star Julia McKenzie and the Emmy Award-winner Susan Hampshire are both also made Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Playwright and screenwriter Peter Nichols (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg) receives the same honour, also for his services to drama. Director John Tiffany, who directed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the recent National Theatre production of Pinocchio, is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama. Writer and playwright John Godber (Up ‘n’ Under, Teechers, Shafted) and Jane Claire, a producer at the English Touring Theatre both receive the same honour. Kinky Boots star and singer Matt Henry, who won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Lola, is made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to musical theatre. Scottish actor James Cosmo receives the same honour for his services to drama.
  • Strictly Ballroom” – The opening of Baz Luhrmann’s musical will be delayed by two weeks with the first preview will now taking place on Thursday 28th March, with opening night of Thursday 24th April, due to an unforeseen schedule conflict.