New Year's Honours List Announced

New Year's Honours List Announced

The New Year's Honours List has been announced and the awards of interest to London theatre are....

Actor, Tom Courtenay, is knighted. Sir Tom's career has spanned more than 40 years and encompassed both stage and film. He has starred in many of the most influential films of the past 30 years, including "Doctor Zhivago" and "Billy Liar". The 63 year-old actor's West End credits include "Moscow Stations", at the Garrick in 1994, and he was in the original cast of "ART", at the Wyndham's in 1996.

Producer, Bill Kenwright, is made a CBE, for his services to theatre and film. His current West End productions include "Blood Brother", "Long Day's Journey Into Night", and "Fallen Angels".

Playwright Peter Shaffer, the Oscar-winning author of "Amadeus", the portrait of Mozart, is to become a knight. The stage play won the Evening Standard Drama Award and the Theatre Critics Award for the London production when it came out in 1979.

Actress, Fiona Shaw, an Irish citizen,gets an honorary CBE. Her West End credits include, "Richard II", at the National in 1995 and "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", at the National in 1998. Her next stage role is in "Medea", at the Queens theatre in Jan 01.

Actress, Zoe Wanamaker,a us citizen, gets an honorary CBE. Wanamaker was born in New York, but moved to England when she was three. She has appeared in many West End productions in recent years including, "Dead Funny" at the Vaudeville in 1994, "The Glass Menagerie", at the Donmar Warehouse and Comedy theatres in 1995, "Sylvia" at the Apollo in 1996, "Electra" at the Donmar Warehouse in 1997, "The Old Neighbourhood" at the Royal Court in 1998 and "Battle Royal" at the National in 1999 . Her next stage role is in David Mamet's, "Boston Marriage", at the Donmar Warehouse in March.

Paul Scofield, one of the greatest Shakespearian actors of his generation, becomes a Companion of Honour. His last West End appearance was in "John Gabriel Borkman" at the National in 1996.


Actor Joss Ackland is made a CBE, for his services to acting. Ackland married Rosemary Kirkcaldy when he was just 23, and the couple have two sons and five daughters. Born in 1928 in London's Ladbroke Grove area, Ackland grew up in Kilburn, north London. His last West End appearance was in "The Gin Game", at the Savoy Theatre in 1999.

Actor, Patrick Stewart, best known for playing the role of 'Captain Jean Luc Picard' in "Star Trek The Next Generation", has been made an OBE. His last West End appearance was in " A Christmas Carol" at the Old Vic in 1993.

Choreographer, Matthew Bourne, is to be made an OBE. He has enjoyed success with The Adventures in Motion Pictures productions of "Swan Lake" and "The Car Man".

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