Arts news round-up
23 September 2014
THEATRES MAKES GENDER EQUALITY PLEDGE
Leading English theatres have committed to making changes in their programming and working practices to address gender inequality in the theatre industry.
THE LION KING IS NAMED MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTION OF ALL TIME
Musical The Lion King has taken more money at the box office than any other stage show, or cinema release.
BRYAN SINGER TO DIRECT X-MEN: APOCALYPSE RELEASE
The film, which is due for release in May 2016, will be the eighth in the comic book series and the fourth directed by Singer.
AND KYLIE'S REPLACEMENT ON THE VOICE UK IS... RITA ORA
Jessie J managed two series, Kylie was only there for one, now it's Rita Ora's turn to be a coach on The Voice.
DOWNTON ABBEY RETURN WATCHED BY 8.1M VIEWERS
It beat the debut episode of five-part BBC One army drama Our Girl, which attracted an average audience of 3.9m.
BBC RETUNES GENDER GAP ON LOCAL RADIO
Broadcaster says it is on course to hit Tony Hall’s target to have a female breakfast presenter on at least 50% of local stations
BBC APOLOGISES FOR AIRING JIMMY SAVILE CLIP
Brief clip of Savile was seen on Top of the Pops 2 this month, contrary to corporation policy in wake of abuse scandal
THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST PLANS NEW £4.5M VENUE INSPIRED BY NT SPACE
A new £4.5 million 220-seat venue that replicates the National Theatre’s temporary space is being built by Theatre Royal Stratford East, which will enable the east London venue to almost double its output.