Theatre figures recognised in 2015 New Year honours list

Kristin Scott Thomas, pictured Electra (Credit: Johan Persson)

The 2015 New Year honours list has recognised a range of individuals holding performing, artistic and administrative roles in the theatre and stage sector.

Actress Kristin Scott Thomas, who starred in The Old Vic’s Electra last year, has been made a dame for her services to drama. Stage and screen actors Sheridan Smith and James Corden have both been awarded OBEs. Actress and writer Meera Syal, most recently seen performing in the National Theatre’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, has been awarded a CBE for services to drama and literature.

Paul Kerryson (Credit: Paul Adams)

Leicester Theatre Trust’s Paul Kerryson (Credit: Paul Adams)

Artistic director of Leicester Theatre Trust Paul Kerryson, also outgoing artistic director of Leicester’s Curve, has been awarded an MBE for his services to theatre in Leicester. Also being honoured with an MBE is Graeme Phillips, Liverpool’s Unity Theatre artistic director who is stepping down from the role after more than three decades; he is being recognised for his services to the arts in Liverpool. Founder and artistic director of Northern Broadsides Barrie Rutter has also been awarded for his services to drama with an OBE.

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Stage designer Es Devlin (Credit: David Ellis)

Design talents of the theatre world have also been acknowledged in this year’s honours: stage designer Es Devlin – whose recent work includes I Can’t Sing! at the Palladium, American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre and the 2014 Olivier Award-winning Chimerica – has been presented with an OBE for services to stage and set design; and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s associate designer Tom Piper has been awarded an MBE for services to theatre, and as well as for services to First World War commemorations, for his part in the poppies installation at the Tower of London.


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Leicester Curve launches apprenticeship scheme

Leicester Curve has been awarded £240,000 to launch a three-year apprenticeship scheme. The Paul Hamlyn foundation and Esmee Fairbairn foundation donated money to help The Curve provide apprenticeships for 16-25 year olds living in the Leicestershire area.

Associate director of Leicester Curve,  Adel Al-Salloum said: ‘We are thrilled that our funders have recognised our current success in working in the community and the potential Curve has to develop its work with young and emerging artists. The project is about new ideas and how Curve supports young people to realise their ideas and turn them to enterprise.’

The programme aims to take on 30 young people and provide them with training as art entrepreneurs. They will participate in community projects, involving local schools and the elderly.

Practitioners and a programme manager are yet to be hired for the scheme. Applications for places opened in November, with training set to start in 2012. The apprentices will take their projects into the community in Spring 2012.