Whitchurch Arts Award 2011 ~ Peter Honri

Music Hall performers Peter and Bernice

At a very vibrant meeting of Whitchurch Arts on 16th March 2011, Andrew Reeves Hall, Chairman of Whitchurch Arts, was pleased to receive a unanimous vote in favour of the 2011 Whitchurch Arts Award for Artistic Excellence going to Peter Honri, a Whitchurch resident for over 12 years.

Peter is an actor, writer and former council member of Equity, which now has 36,500 members.

To this day, he continues his public performing – he plays the piano every Friday at the Whitchurch Parish Hall. Update: this may have changed as the market has now moved to Saturday mornings.

Peter Honri, with wife June congratulating him, is the proud winner of the 2011 Whitchurch Arts Award

His first film appearance was in the film Young and Innocent age 8 in 1937 and his professional career started in 1948 at Collins Music Hall – following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Percy Honri.

Peter appeared in many West End Shows including Blitz, Our Man Crichton, Beyond the Fringe, Whose Life is it Anyway, Me and My Girl, Annie, Uncle Vaynia, Ride Ride! and Romeo & Juliet, among many others.

He also had many TV & film appearances including Dad’s Army, Nanny, and Oliver!, The Magnificent Two, and Upstairs Downstairs.

For over 25 years, Peter was a member of the Equity Council of the actors union and a leading authority of the Music Hall theatre, having written several books and articles on the subject.

He was also an early leading light on the saving of Wilton Music Hall in London E1, the oldest Grand Music Hall in the world.

A life long fan of Rugby, Peter, along with the late Lesley Crowther, founded The Entertainer’s rugby club in the early 1960’s.


Peter, in the presence of his wife June, was given his award at a special gathering on 17th May 2011 at The White Hart Hotel in Whitchurch, Hampshire — details HERE.