Arts news round-up
1 September 2014
RONA FAIRHEAD SET TO BE BBC TRUST CHAIRWOMAN
Rona Fairhead, ex-head of the Financial Times Group, is poised to become the new chairwoman of the BBC Trust.
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL IN RECORD TICKET HAUL
Organisers of this year's Edinburgh International Festival have revealed that ticket sales have passed the £3m mark for the first time.
BILL KERR, AUSTRALIAN ACTOR AND RADIO STAR, DIES AGED 92
Australian actor Bill Kerr, "the boy from Wagga Wagga" who became one of Tony Hancock's radio sidekicks in the 1950s, has died in Perth aged 92.
'MAKING MAMMA MIA! I UNDERSTOOD HOW ACTRESSES NORMALLY FEEL’
Stellan Skarsgård talks to Robbie Collin about nudity, Swedish humour and the ‘brutal’ Ingmar Bergman
CHARLES SPENCER TO RETIRE AS DAILY TELEGRAPH THEATRE CRITIC
Charles Spencer has decided to step down from the job he has done for 25 years
SHERIDAN SMITH: ON CILLA BLACK AND STILL FEELING LIKE SHE'S 'BLAGGING IT'
She's won armfuls of awards and her fans include Kevin Spacey - and just about anyone who has seen her act. So why can't Sheridan Smith have more faith in herself?
RONA FAIRHEAD BECOMES SURPRISE BBC TRUST CHAIR CHOICE
The former Financial Times chief unveiled as government's choice to replace Lord Patten
RONA FAIRHEAD OFFERS RELIEF BUT NO RESPITE FOR BBC
Former FT Group boss ideally suited for post of BBC Trust chair given circumstance under which corporation finds itself
SHERLOCK, DOWNTON ABBEY: WHAT THE US CAN LEARN FROM OUR TV EXPORTS
As Benedict Cumberbatch’s detective scoops seven Emmys, what is the secret of successful UK drama?
GEORGE OSBORNE – THEATRE TAX RELIEF WILL PREVENT DECLINE IN REGIONAL PRODUCTIONS
The government’s forthcoming theatre tax relief scheme will help to revive regional theatre and ensure the industry’s success is felt across the country and not just in London’s West End, Chancellor George Osborne has said.
TOUR OF ARCADIA ONE OF THE FIRST TO USE THEATRE TAX RELIEF
A new touring production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia is to be one of the first shows to benefit from the government’s theatre tax relief scheme, which comes into effect from September 1.
SOUTH LONDON THEATRES IN SUTTON FACE CLOSURE FROM 2015
Sutton Council has announced plans to close its two theatres from 2015 as part of measures to make £40 million of savings over the next five years.