Choreographer Matthew Bourne among those receiving honours at palace


World-renowned choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne will receive his knighthood from the Prince of Wales on Friday during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The 56-year-old, whose balletic touch has enlivened everything from the musicals My Fair Lady and Oliver! to Shakespeare's The Tempest and As You Like It - as well as a routine by comedians Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders - is honoured for services to dance.

Perhaps best known for staging an all-male version of Swan Lake, Sir Matthew is the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both best choreographer and best director of a musical.

Others receiving awards include Beryl Vertue, executive producer for the BBC hit show Sherlock, which is produced by her daughter Sue Vertue.

Ms Vertue, who is chairwoman of Hartswood Films and worked on programmes such as Jekyll, Men Behaving Badly and the film Tommy, receives a CBE for services to television drama.

She said: "When I used to get the bus from Mitcham (in south London) to type scripts for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, Eric Sykes and Spike Milligan, I never dreamt that six decades later I would be accepting such a prestigious honour."

Scottish pianist Malcolm Martineau, regarded as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, will receive an OBE, along with president of the Lawn Tennis Association Catherine Sabin.

Colonel Edward Dawes, of the Royal Artillery, also receives an OBE for services in the field.

Col Dawes, a soldier for more than 27 years, was chief of staff of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan from April 2014 to April 2015, helping to lead an international mission of 12,500 peacekeepers.

Six weeks into his tour he was kidnapped at gunpoint at an illegal checkpoint and beaten during hours of "tactical questioning" before managing to escape.