Arts news round-up
31 July 2015
REPORT OFFERS GUIDANCE FOR LONDON BOROUGHS FACING FURTHER ARTS CUTS
Ranging from acting as a critical friend to champion of the arts, a report by London Councils offers specific recommendations on how local authorities can fill the gap left by falling funding.
ACTRESS GINA MCKEE BACKS NORTH-EAST TALENT PLAN
Actress Gina McKee has backed a scheme to give all children in the north-east of England a taste of the arts to make sure young talent does not go untapped.
EMMERDALE VISITOR TOURS 'PROVISIONALLY APPROVED'
The application proposes weekend tours by up to two coach loads of visitors an hour.
A plan to allow visitors to tour the set of TV soap Emmerdale has been "provisionally approved".
TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS 'ARE TOO CENTRED ON LONDON AND THE SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND', SAYS DSC REPORT
Grant making trusts and foundations focus too heavily on London and the South East of England over the rest of the UK, according to a new report by the Directory of Social Change.
ANCIENT GREEK TRAGEDY ORESTEIA RECEIVES SURPRISE WEST END TRANSFER
Robert Icke’s production of trilogy by Aeschylus is to open at Trafalgar Studios after causing a sensation with audiences who were gripped by its family drama
TIME WATCHING VIDEOS ONLINE WILL RISE TO AN HOUR A DAY – REPORT
More than half of viewing is done on mobile devices, says ZenithOptimedia, which also predicts a fall in television viewing next year
BBC'S THE VOICE 'COULD SWITCH TO ITV'
Rival could make move for singing contest as corporation comes under pressure from MPs to cut costs and show is hit by departure of judge Rita Ora
WHY THE BBC WOULD NEVER BROADCAST PRINCE PHILIP: THE PLOT TO MAKE A KING
The BBC and ITV have, for various reasons, a tendency to be overly deferential to Buckingham Palace. But once again, Channel 4’s maverick approach to the royals has produced something genuinely insightful
MISSION IMPENETRABLE: ARE HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTERS LOSING THE PLOT?
From Fast & Furious to the Avengers, Terminator and Jurassic World, the trend for ridiculously over-complicated storylining is out of control this year. Is it time for a purge?
EQUITY CALLS FOR BOARD OF MULL ARTS COMPANY TO RESIGN EN MASSE
THE actors union Equity has called for the board of the major arts body on the Isle of Mull to resign "en masse" after it made two key artistic directors redundant.
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH HAS 1,480 LINES IN HAMLET - SO WHAT'S THE SECRET TO ACTORS' MEMORY SKILLS?
Benedict Cumberbatch has to remember 1,480 lines to give his new 'Hamlet'. An orchestra is performing a whole symphony by heart for the Proms. How do they do it, and why is it so good for their brains –and ours? Boyd Tonkin elucidates
CASE FOR CULTURE LAUNCH AT DURHAM CASTLE REVEALS ASPIRATIONS FOR IMPROVING NORTH EAST LIFE
A new 15-year vision for arts and heritage across the North East was launched yesterday with a view to delivering “powerful benefits” in areas such as job creation and quality of life.
MULL THEATRE BOARD ALL URGED TO ‘STAND DOWN’
The board of the acclaimed Mull Theatre have all been told to quit over speculation two long-standing members were forced out of their jobs. Picture: Contributed
ALISTAIR SMITH: ARTS FUNDING: HOW DEEP IS A 40% CUT?
The arts sector has been preparing itself for cuts since the general election. In fact, it has been preparing for cuts since before the general election because it was clear that no matter who came to power, there was likely to be some form of topiary carried out on Arts Council England’s grant-in-aid budget.
GINA MCKEE BACKS NORTH-EAST ARTS ENGAGEMENT DRIVE
Actor Gina McKee has backed a new drive to increase arts engagement and investment in the north-east.
ALBANY THEATRE LAUNCHES TICKETING SCHEME WITH LEWISHAM HOMES
South London theatre the Albany has joined together with a local social housing company to provide cheaper tickets for residents, in an attempt to “reduce social isolation”.
`DATE SET FOR WHATSONSTAGE VERSUS TERRI PADDOCK COMPENSATION HEARING
A date has been set for a hearing at which Whatsonstage founding member Terri Paddock will be told how much compensation she is due from the website's owner for unfair and wrongful dismissal.