Queen's Birthday Honors Include Knighthood to Howard Panter, and Others to Rowan Atkinson, Michael Attenborough and More

News   Queen's Birthday Honors Include Knighthood to Howard Panter, and Others to Rowan Atkinson, Michael Attenborough and More The Queen's Birthday Honors, published June 15 "to recognise the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK," include a knighthood to theatre producer and owner Howard Panter, who recently added Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre to the portfolio of 39 theatres that Ambassador Theatre Group (which he co-founded and is joint CEO and creative director of) currently operate in the UK.



Also honored are the National's executive director Nick Starr, actors Rowan Atkinson (recently in the West End in Quartermaine's Terms) and Claire Bloom, and theatre director Michael Attenborough (soon to step down as artistic director of London's Almeida Theatre), all of whom receive CBE's (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). 

MBE's (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) have been awarded to actor, playwright and director David Ward and comedian Rob Brydon (who made his West End debut in A Chorus of Disapproval in 2012).

In a press statement, Howard Panter commented of his knighthood, "It a source of great pride that Britain continues to recognise those within our world-renowned creative industries, and in particular in theatre. I also believe the honour is in part a recognition of a great British success story, ATG."

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