Arts news round-up
31 October 2014
ROMAN POLANSKI FREED IN POLAND AFTER US EXTRADITION BID
Film director Roman Polanski has been released after being questioned by prosecutors in Poland over sex offences in the US.
JUDI DENCH AND EMMA WATSON GET BAFTA'S BRITANNIA AWARDS
Skyfall star Dame Judi said she was "overwhelmed" and "very proud" to be awarded the worldwide contribution award, named in honour of James Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli.
IAN MCKELLEN GIVEN FREEDOM OF THE CITY OF LONDON
Lord Of The Rings star Sir Ian McKellen has been given the freedom of the City of London in recognition of his work for gay rights.
TIMOTHY SPALL: HOW I BECAME MR TURNER
Spall spent years with Leigh researching Turner to fully embody the artist - a man Spall describes as an "eccentric genius".
STING’S THE LAST SHIP OPENS AND HALLOWEEN ON STAGE
In honour of Halloween, it’s appropriate to begin this week’s column with something scary and supernatural
THEATRES TRUST FEARS FUTURIST DEMOLITION AFTER THEME PARK BIDDER IS REVEALED
The Theatres Trust has warned that Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre will face demolition after the proposed bidder for the site was named as theme park Flamingo Land.
JERRY SPRINGER CREATOR RICHARD THOMAS HITS OUT AT CENSORSHIP IN THE ARTS
Jerry Springer the Opera creator Richard Thomas has become the latest industry figure to speak out about the importance of freedom of speech within the arts, claiming organisations funded by the taxpayer have a particular responsibility to take risks.
SPHINX THEATRE TO LAUNCH NEW GENDER EQUALITY PROJECT
A project aimed at promoting gender equality on UK stages has been announced, which will culminate in a festival of new work at the National Theatre.
CAMBRIDGE COUNCIL TO TRANSFER CORN EXCHANGE VENUE TO INDEPENDENT TRUST
Cambridge City Council is transferring its arts services to an independent trust, including the running of Cambridge Corn Exchange – the region’s largest live venue.
LYCEUM AND TRAVERSE CUT IN CREATIVE SCOTLAND FUNDING ROUND
The Lyceum’s grant has been reduced by 17.5% to £3 million for 2015 to 2018, a move the venue has labelled “very damaging”, not only to itself but to producing theatre in Scotland.
LEICESTER’S CURVE BACKS NEW MUSICALS WITH SUPPORT FOR S AND S AWARD
Leicester’s Curve has made moves to cement its reputation as the home of new British musicals, by signing up to develop the winning show of the S and S Award
GRAEAE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: ‘THEATRE WORLD MUST SUPPORT DEAF ACTORS’
Graeae Theatre Company’s artistic director Jenny Sealey has called on the theatre industry to rally behind deaf actors, who are facing “catastrophic” cuts to government support.
RUPERT MURDOCH URGES MEDIA FIRMS TO UNITE TO FIGHT AMAZON AND NETFLIX
21st Century Fox chairman says industry is ‘on the same page’ about need to come up with serious competitor to streaming video giants