Do you recognise the following names? Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Sir Tom Courtenay, Stephanie Cole OBE, Meera Syal CBE, Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE, Mike Poulton and Blake Morrison? Wow, because they’re going to join the award winning Northern Broadsides as patrons!
Northern Broadsides Artistic Director Barrie Rutter said: “Overall there is the shared passion and support for the work of Northern Broadsides. They provide the voice of encouragement for Northern Broadsides to maintain our high standards, relish our audiences and play our part in the rich theatrical network.”
Some of the patrons do certainly have Northern connections. Sir Lenny Henry CBE appeared in the title role in Northern Broadsides’ award winning production of Othello and has since gone on to be a huge star and household name, while Oscar-nominated Sir Tom Courtenay was born in Hull. Playwright Mike Poulton adapted The Canterbury Tales for Northern Broadsides in 2010 and playwright, novelist and poet Blake Morrison has adapted several plays for Northern Broadsides.
Also joining as Patrons will be former Northern Broadsides Chair RT Hon Lord Shutt of Greetland OBE, FCA; singer and broadcaster Mike Harding; Edith Hall, Professor of Classics at King’s College London and Co-Founder of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at Oxford University and Halifax entrepreneur and former Northern Broadsides board member Roger Harvey OBE. All of the above new patrons will join Lady Patricia, Countess of Harewood who has been the company’s loyal patron for the last twenty years.
To find out more, visit the Northern Broadsides website.