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30 July 2015

Press cuttingsTHE FACTORY MANCHESTER £110M ARTS VENUE APPROVED
BBC
Plans for a new £110m theatre and arts venue at the site of the former Granada TV studios in Manchester have been approved by the city council.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-33621486

SKY REPORTS 18% JUMP IN ANNUAL PROFITS
BBC
Pay-TV provider Sky reported an 18% increase in annual operating profit to £1.4bn.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33699737

AI WEIWEI DENIED SIX-MONTH UK VISA
BBC
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been refused a six-month visa by the British government amid claims he lied on his visa application form.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33714740

BBC FORCED OUT TEAM BEHIND SAVILE EXPOSÉ, SAYS EX-NEWSNIGHT JOURNALIST
GUARDIAN
Meirion Jones claims corporation bosses viewed as ‘traitors’ those who sought to expose the presenter’s crimes or criticised its mistakes
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jul/29/bbc-savile-expose-newsnight-meirion-jones

BBC TRUST HAS CUT EXPENSES BILL BY ALMOST TWO-THIRDS SINCE 2007
GUARDIAN
Members of the corporation’s governing body claimed just over £50,000 in a year, with chair Rona Fairhead spending nearly £1,000 on taxis
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jul/29/bbc-trust-expenses-bill-rona-fairhead

UK DENIES AI WEIWEI FULL BUSINESS VISA BASED ON DISPUTED 'CRIMINAL' HISTORY
GUARDIAN
British embassy officials say celebrated Chinese artist failed to declare his record on application – but supporters say he was never actually charged with a crime
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jul/30/uk-denies-ai-weiwei-full-business-visa-based-on-disputed-criminal-history

ACTORS VOTE TOOTSIE GREATEST FILM EVER MADE
GUARDIAN
A Time Out poll of stars, including Juliette Binoche and Cillian Murphy, placed Dustin Hoffman’s comedy ahead of The Godfather
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jul/29/actors-vote-tootsie-greatest-film-ever-made

INDUSTRY CODE LAUNCHED TO AVOID FINANCIAL DISPUTES BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND VENUES
STAGE
A new code of practice has been launched aimed at avoiding disputes between producers and venues over late box-office payments.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/industry-code-launched-avoid-financial-disputes-producers-venues/

PETER BROOK RETURNS TO THE YOUNG VIC WITH NEW MAHABHARATA PLAY
STAGE
Peter Brook is to stage a new play at the Young Vic next year based on his 1985 adaptation of Indian epic The Mahabharata.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/peter-brook-returns-young-vic-new-mahabharata-play/

UK THEATRE AWARDS OFFERS MORE PRIZES FOR MOST WELCOMING THEATRES
STAGE
The most welcoming theatre category at this year’s UK Theatre Awards has been revamped so that a venue in each region of the country will win a prize.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/uk-theatre-awards-offers-prizes-welcoming-theatres/

NINE CAST MEMBERS LEAVE DUSTY AMID COMPLAINTS
STAGE
New musical Dusty is being forced to recast five actors from the production who have left amid complaints of unrest on the show.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/nine-cast-members-leave-dusty-amid-complaints/

LEEDS COUNCIL AWARDS £4.9M FOR WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE REDEVELOPMENT
STAGE
Plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of West Yorkshire Playhouse have moved one step closer after Leeds City Council granted the project £4.9 million.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/leeds-council-awards-4-9m-west-yorkshire-playhouse-redevelopment/

DESIGNS UNVEILED FOR PERTH THEATRE’S £16.6M REVAMP
STAGE
Perth Theatre has released images of how it will look once a £16.6 million redevelopment is completed.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/designs-unveiled-perth-theatres-16-6m-revamp/

THE FACTORY PLANS GIVEN GO-AHEAD BY MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL
STAGE
Plans for a £110-million new Manchester theatre, dubbed The Factory, have been given the green light by the local council
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/factory-plans-given-go-ahead-manchester-city-council/ 

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