A PHILANTHROPIST who played a major role in the transformation of the RSC theatres in Stratford has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
David Burbidge has been awarded a CBE for services to cultural philanthropy in the West Midlands – especially in Coventry and Warwickshire.
The Wasperton resident was chairman of the Central Campaign for the £112million revamp of the RS and Swan, and more recently championed the £4.5million campaign for which saw the restoration of the Swan Wing at the theatre.
Mr Burbidge, currently chairman of Burbidge and Son Ltd, was previously chairman of Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and led the venue through major management change and a successful £14million capital project.
He was also a major player in Coventry’s successful bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021.
Mr Burbidge was also the founding chairman of the Coventry Cathedral Development Trust – which raised more than £5million for the cathedral ministry and for endowment.
Catherine Mallyon, executive director of the RSC said: “David has been an enormously active and effective supporter of the RSC and arts and culture in our region for many years.
“His generosity helped us re-open the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 2010 and to restore the oldest part of our buildings.
“We are so pleased that David’s contribution to the arts is recognised with this honour and we are delighted to be supporting David and his team in the upcoming bid for Coventry to be City of Culture in 2021.”
Mr Burbidge said he was “incredibly honoured” to receive a CBE for my services.
“I have always had a strong interest in arts and culture and look forward to continuing to being involved with this sector.”