Honorary graduates

Bill Kenwright2008

Bill Kenwright CBE

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his outstanding contribution and commitment to British theatre.

Bill Kenwright Ltd is the most prolific theatre production company in the world. One of its shows, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, entered the Guinness Book of Records as the longest-running touring stage musical. Another runaway success, Blood Brothers, is in its 21st year in London’s West End and the 2006 revival of Cabaret is very much alive and kicking.

Bill became a producer after a brief acting career (notably as Gordon Clegg of the corner shop in Coronation Street 1968-69). He has turned out an astonishingly vibrant succession of productions of modern and classic plays, as well as musicals, in London and regional theatres, boosting audiences throughout the UK. The film Die Mommie Die, one of several Bill has co-produced, won a Sundance Film Festival award. He has received a CBE for his services to film and theatre and the Variety Club Bernards Delfont award for contributions to the entertainment industry. Pursuing a different kind of drama, Liverpool-born Bill joined the board of Everton football club in the 1980s and became chairman in 2004.

 

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