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23 September 2016

Press cuttingsHULL 2017: MUSICAL HUMBER BRIDGE AMONG CITY OF CULTURE PLANS
BBC
A musical Humber Bridge, a 14th-Century masterpiece, a circus in a cemetery and the Spiders From Mars will be part of Hull's year as UK City of Culture.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37428092 
 
GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF: MARY BERRY LEAVES BUT PAUL HOLLYWOOD STAYS
GUARDIAN
Mary Berry will not be a judge on The Great British Bake Off when it moves from the BBC to Channel 4, but Paul Hollywood has said he will remain.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37437907 
 
MARY BERRY TO LEAVE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF – BUT PAUL HOLLYWOOD AGREES TO STAY
GUARDIAN
Judges divided about staying with BBC alongside Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins rather than moving to Channel 4
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/sep/22/mary-berry-leave-great-british-bake-off-paul-hollywood-bbc-mel-giedroyc-sue-perkins 
 
HOW WILL BAKE OFF SURVIVE WITHOUT MARY, MEL AND SUE?
GUARDIAN
Who on earth can Channel 4 draft in to save GBBO, now that three of its four stars have jumped ship?
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/sep/22/how-will-great-british-bake-off-survive-without-mary-berry-mel-and-sue-nadiya-hussain 
 
LITTLE MEN’S JENNIFER EHLE: ‘I HOPE FAME DOESN’T HAPPEN TO ME’
GUARDIAN
The actor says her part in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice allowed her to have the career she wanted – one that isn’t as important as her family life. Is her new film a step back towards the limelight?
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/sep/22/jennifer-ehle-little-men-i-hope-fame-does-not-happen-to-me 
 
HULL 2017 UK CITY OF CULTURE TO CELEBRATE THROBBING GRISTLE PORN ARTIST
iNEWS
They’ve heard all the sneers down on Humber Street that Hull is only famous for the Housemartins, Philip Larkin and John Prescott.
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/hull-2017-uk-city-culture-celebrate-throbbing-gristle-porn-artists/ 
 
TV HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER – AND THAT’S BECAUSE OF DIVERSITY
iNEWS
Television really doesn’t need complimenting these days. Any more praise and it might develop an ego problem. But it was impossible not to want to give the medium a big high-five following last weekend’s Emmys, which proved that early- mid noughties talk of a “golden age of television” was unfounded – in that it came a decade too early.
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/television/tv-never-better-thats-diversity/ 
 
DIGITAL THEATRE AND THE STAGE LAUNCH ONLINE INTERVIEW SERIES THEATRE LIVES
STAGE
Performers Adrian Lester, Julie Walters and Imelda Staunton will share insights from their theatre careers as part of a series of filmed conversations that will be available on The Stage’s website.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/digital-theatre-plus-and-the-stage-launch-online-interview-series-theatre-lives/ 
 
NATIONAL THEATRE APPOINTS ANUPAMA CHANDRASEKHAR AS FIRST INTERNATIONAL WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE
STAGE
The National Theatre has appointed its first international writer-in-residence, who will take up a 12-month post at the organisation.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/national-theatre-appoints-anupama-chandrasekhar-as-first-international-writer-in-residence/ 
 
LYRIC HAMMERSMITH BECOMES SECOND THEATRE TO ACHIEVE FOUR-STAR ENVIRONMENTAL RATING
STAGE
The Lyric Hammersmith has been named among the most sustainable arts organisations in the country.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/lyric-hammersmith-becomes-second-theatre-to-achieve-four-star-environmental-rating/ 
 
RICHARD BEAN AND AMANDA WHITTINGTON FEATURE IN HULL CITY OF CULTURE PLANS
STAGE
New work by Richard Bean, Bryony Lavery and Amanda Whittington will be staged in Hull as part of the theatre line-up for City Of Culture 2017.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/richard-bean-amanda-whittington-feature-hull-city-culture-plans/ 
 
FRESH CONCERNS OVER FAIRFIELD HALLS REVAMP BUDGET EMERGE
STAGE
A £30 million redevelopment of Fairfield Halls has come under renewed scrutiny after a Theatres Trust report containing strong criticisms of the project was released online.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/theatres-trust-queries-30m-budget-for-croydon-fairfield-halls-revamp/ 
 
NATIONAL THEATRE TO ENDORSE LINE OF BRANDED BACKSTAGE PRODUCTS
STAGE
National Theatre-approved backstage hardware products will be developed as part of a new relationship with theatrical goods supplier Flints.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/national-theatre-to-endorse-line-of-branded-backstage-products/ 

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