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Ballerina Darcey Bussell and producer Rosemary Squire made dames in New Year honours

Darcey Bussell speaking at the launch of ImagineNation in Westminster. Photo: Cultural Learning Alliance Darcey Bussell speaking at the launch of ImagineNation in Westminster. Photo: Cultural Learning Alliance
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Ballerina Darcey Bussell, director John Tiffany and producer Rosemary Squire are among those to be recognised in the New Year Honours list 2018.

Squire, who co-founded the Ambassador Theatre Group in 1992, was awarded a damehood for services to theatre and philanthropy. Retired dancer Bussell was also made a dame, in recognition of her contribution to dance.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director Tiffany was awarded an OBE for his contribution to drama.

Other theatre figures to be recognised include playwright Peter Nichols, actor Hugh Laurie, and actor and director Julia McKenzie, who were given CBEs, as well as writer and director John Godber, who was made an OBE. Scottish actor James Cosmo was awarded an MBE.

Musical theatre performer Matt Henry, who is currently performing in West End musical Kinky Boots, artistic director and chief executive of Cardboard Citizens theatre company Adrian Jackson, and founder of Geese Theatre Company Andrew Watson join the list of MBE recipients. Casting director Pippa Ailion was made an MBE for services to theatre and diversity in the arts.

Figures who lead Hull UK City of Culture 2017 were also recognised, including its director Martin Green, who was given a CBE.

Others to receive OBEs include English Touring Theatre producer Jane Claire and chair of governors at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, Paul Taiano.

A number dance figures were awarded honours, including founder of London Children’s Ballet Lucille de Zalduondo, head of performing arts at Chelsea College Akosua Boakye-Nimo, and principal of Buckhurst Hill and Woodford School of Dancing Sonia Bond.

 

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