Queen’s birthday honours for Penelope Wilton, Vera Lynn and Stanley Wells

Penelope Wilton in Taken at Midnight in Chichester, which transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Photo: Tristram Kenton Penelope Wilton in Taken at Midnight. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Performers Penelope Wilton and Vera Lynn and Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells have received top accolades in the Queen’s birthday honours.

They are among the arts figures to be recognised as the Queen turns 90, alongside producer Sonia Friedman, Bristol Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris and actor Brian Blessed.

Lynn, who was already a dame, has been made a companion of honour in the list, an accolade held by just 65 people at one time. She has been given the accolade for services to entertainment and charity.

Wilton has been awarded a damehood, with a knighthood being given to Shakespeare expert Wells.

Incoming National Theatre chair Damon Buffini and Royal Opera House chair Simon Robey have both been given knighthoods in the honours.

Outgoing Arts Council deputy chief executive Althea Efunshile has been given a CBE, as has the director of the Royal College of Music, Colin Lawson, for services to music and music education.

OBEs have been given to Friedman, Morris and Blessed, alongside Roundhouse executive producer Nicola Thorold and theatremaker Stella Duffy, who receives her accolade for services to the arts.

Lois Keith, equality and diversity manager at the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, has also been awarded an OBE, as has television presenter Janet Ellis, for services to charities and theatre. She is chair of the development board at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Former Stellar Quines artistic director Muriel Romanes has been awarded an MBE. Other recipients of the honour include Punchdrunk artistic director Felix Barrett, and writer and director Rikki Beadle-Blair.

Ruth Gould, artistic director of disabled arts festival DaDaFest, has also been given an MBE for services to disability arts. The award has also been given to Krazy Kat Theatre Company co-founder Kinny Gardner. He is given the award for services to children’s theatre and children with physical difficulties.