By Mark Shenton
31 Dec 2013
The London-born Lansbury, who is listed under her full name Mrs. Angela Brigid Lansbury Shaw, is awarded the DBE "for services to drama and to charitable work and philanthropy." In March she returns to the West End stage for the first time in nearly 40 years to reprise her Tony Award-winning Broadway performance as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre from March 1.
Keith, who is best known for her TV appearances in the series "The Good Life" and "To the Manor Born," is a stage regular, receives a DBE "for services to the arts and charity." She told The Guardian of her honor, "You know I sort of feel elated, exhausted and thrilled. It's the big one. I had already got an OBE and then a CBE, so I don't know what is better than the icing on the cake, but this is."
Codron, who is now 83 and produced a revival of Quartermaine's Terms in the West End this year, is best known for championing and producing the plays of Harold Pinter, Simon Gray, Michael Frayn, David Hare, Tom Stoppard, Alan Ayckbourn and Christopher Hampton. He has also produced extensively on Broadway.
Crawford, who is 71 and best known for the TV sitcom "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em" as well as originating the title role of The Phantom of the Opera in the West End and on Broadway, is recognized "for charitable and philanthropic services, particularly to Children's Charities." He told The Guardian that the honor was "the most wonderful surprise."
Others from the world of arts and entertainment to receive honors include Nichoalas Parsons (CBE), Sandi Toksvig (OBE), Lynda Bellingham (OBE), singer Katherine Jenkins (OBE) and dancer Carlos Acosta (CBE).