The performing arts have featured strongly in the latest Queen’s birthday honours, with Simon Russell Beale, Olivia Colman, Cush Jumbo, Sheila Atim, Alfie Boe and David Pountney all featuring in the list of recipients.
Actor Simon Russell Beale and opera director David Pountney were both knighted. They join Robert Cohan, who founded The Place school of contemporary dance. Both Pountney and Cohan have previously received CBEs.
Olivia Colman who led the CBE list for services to drama described herself as “humbled” by her honour. Joining her is Roundhouse artistic director Marcus Davey and the CEO of Angel’s costumiers, Tim Angel.
Also included among the CBEs are the co-directors of Aberdeen Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Youth Theatre, Clare Haggart and Elizabeth Milne. They founded the amateur venture in 1990 and the youth theatre eight years later.
OBEs meanwhile went to Cush Jumbo for services to drama, Scottish Chamber Orchestra principal conductor Robin Ticciati. Performer Alfie Boe – featured on the diplomatic service and overseas list – was a recipient for services to music and charity. Griff Rhys Jones received an an OBE for services to National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment
Among the MBEs are actress Sheila Atim and producer Nick Thomas, founder of Qdos Entertainment Group, Arts Council England deputy chief executive Laura Dyer and choreographer and artistic director of ZooNation Kate Prince, plus Kelly Hunter of pioneering company Flute Theatre – noted for its work with special needs audiences, notably those with autism, performer Jacqui Dankworth and composer Anna Meredith.