What a Christmas present for Olivier Award winners Giles Terera (well known to musical theatre fans for playing Aaron Burr in the original West End production of Hamilton) and director and choreographer Stephen Mear (Mary Poppins, White Christmas, Hello, Dolly!, Gypsy) who have received a MBE and CBE respectively in the New Year Honours List. Not to forget The Lion King and Billy Elliot composer (and general superstar) Elton John who becomes a Companion of Honour.
In addition to his lengthy music career, Elton John has been responsible for composing shows including The Lion King and Billy Elliot – plus the forthcoming The Devil Wears Prada.
CBEs include choreographers Stephen Mear, Shobana Jeyasingh and Kate Flatt, plus actors Rudolph Walker and Wendy Craig. MBEs include actor Giles Terera, veteran actor Derek Griffiths and Ballet Rambert’s Judith Palmer.
Ever popular singer and actress Olivia Newton-John becomes one of two Dames from the performing arts, joining presenter Floella Benjamin.
One time Donmar Warehouse artistic director Sam Mendes tops the list of showbusiness and theatre knights. These include playwright Christopher Hampton and former Birmingham Royal Ballet director David Bintley.
Thankyou so much everyone for your kindness.— Giles Terera (@GilesTerera) December 28, 2019
If iâve sought anything in my journey as an actor it has been to do that which honours those who came before me and encourages those who come after me. Todayâs acknowledgement only strengthens my resolve to do both. ð pic.twitter.com/18myaHf61U