Fringe Report Awards 2011 – Penny HornerThursday, 2 June, 2011
Penny Horner today accepted a Fringe Report Award 2011 for Outstanding Achievement at a surprise party at Jermyn Street Theatre (JST, www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk) where she is general manager.
Party organisers opera and musical theatre singers Sarah Lark and Leanne Masterton (aka The Welsh Divas) planned the event with military precision and in secrecy. Guests were marshalled at restaurant Eat in London’s Lower Regent Street across the road from the theatre. In a diversionary expedition, Penny Horner was taken out separately by JST artistic director Gene David Kirk for a fictitious meeting. Guests then redeployed – furtively – into the theatre, setting up the stage with tables, tablecloths, strawberries and cream. Penny Horner was led back into the the theatre and greeted by champagne corks popping and reckless cheers.
People there included: Penny Horner. Tim McArthur, casting and resident director, Above The Stag Theatre (www.abovethestag.com). Anthony Biggs, associate director, JST. Leanne Masterton (www.leannemasterton.com), membership manager, JST. Stuart Piper (www.colekitchenn.com/), managing director, Cole Kitchenn Personal Management. Gene David Kirk (www.gdkirk.co.uk). Howard Jameson, chairman of the board of trustees, JST. Sarah Lark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Lark), JST. Louisa Kenton, volunteer, JST. Justin Emrys-Smith, technical manger, JST. Mark Shenton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Shenton), journalist, Sunday Express, The Stage.
The award citation reads: Fringe Report Award 2011 for Outstanding Achievement to Penny Horner – “The most influential person in London’s West End Theatre isn’t in Shaftesbury Avenue, The Strand or South Bank, but over to the left and down a flight of stairs in Jermyn Street, a theatre which, as long-term general manager, she has evolved from a restaurant changing-room to a cauldron of excellence in progressive theatre. The award celebrates Penny Horner – Doyenne of the West End”
John Park – Thursday 2 June 2011