Photo Flash: Bob Boyett Made Honorary Commander
Robert Boyett was today made an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his invaluable service to British drama as both a philanthropist and a producer. British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott, presented Mr. Boyett with the badge of the Order at an investiture ceremony at The British Embassy, Washington.
Check out photos from the event below!
As a philanthropist, Mr. Boyett has built long-term relationships with a number of British theatre companies and producers. His steady and significant support, including generous contributions over the last eight years to The National Theatre, has supported new productions and origination of new work. Even more, Mr. Boyett has brought the great glories of British stage to American audiences by producing plays by the likes of Alan Bennett, Tom Stoppard, Martin McDonah, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Frayn on Broadway. He has eight personal Tony’s for producing, and his productions – among them War Horse, History Boys, The Coast of Utopia, and 39 Steps – have collected 24 Tony Awards to date.
Presenting the award, Ambassador Westmacott said:
“For the past decade, Bob Boyett has worked tirelessly to help British theatre productions find a foothold in the United States, both on and off Broadway. His Production Company, RB Theatricals, has brought 17 plays from England to the US since 2001.”
Receiving the award, Mr. Boyett said:
“It is indeed a great honor to be acknowledged for a role, however small, in the field of Drama by the British Empire and Her Majesty for whom I have such respect and admiration."
A native of Atlanta, Mr. Boyett began his career in entertainment with the ABC Television Network and later became a independent producer of television and motion pictures. Mr. Boyett developed, created or produced some 1800 episodes of series television before moving on to produce live theatre. He received his bachelor’s from Duke University and master’s from Columbia.
Dr. William Kelso, one of America’s foremost historical archaeologists, was also made an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the investiture ceremony. His ground-breaking rediscovery of the original “lost” 1607 James Fort at Jamestown Island, Virginia, the site of the first, permanent, English-speaking settlement in America, has redefined the source of the UK’s and US’s shared history.
The UK honours system recognizes exceptional achievement and service to the nation, and includes non-British nationals who receive “Honorary” awards for their important contribution to British interests. All British honours are awarded on merit, and honorary awards are conferred by HM The Queen on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was founded in 1917.
Dr. Bill Kelso, Robert Boyett
Dr. Bill Kelso, Robert Boyett