Gillian Lynne Receives DBE & Michael Crawford receives CBE



It was announced that Gillian Lynne CBE, 87, has had the title of Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) conferred upon her in the 2014 New Years Honours List for her services to Dance and Musical Theatre.

Andrew congratulated Gillian Lynne on her Damehood saying:

“I am thrilled that the grand lady of British musical theatre has got the recognition she deserves. Gillie was already a legend when I was at school! Without Gillie my Cats would never have seen the stage.”                                                                                                          

Other long-time collaborators, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Arlene Phillips CBE and Dame Monica Mason have spoken out today to congratulate Gillian.

Commenting on her award, Gillian Lynne said:

“Passion for my art has been the motivating factor throughout my career, but for Her Majesty the Queen and the Cabinet Office to deem what I have done to be worthy of this accolade is an honour. I am deeply humbled to be recognised for my work in an industry I adore.”                                                                                                          

Click here for the full press release.




Michael Crawford, who created the role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera in 1986, received a CBE for honoured for services to children’s charities. He said it was: “the most wonderful surprise“. He also went on to say:

“I do thank most sincerely those who are responsible for my receiving this great honour and to all my friends and colleagues at The Sick Children’s Trust, I’m proud to be a part of our very special charity.”