Arts news round-up
16 April 2014
NEW CULTURE SECRETARY SAJID JAVID GAINS MIXED WELCOME FROM ARTS SECTOR
The MP, who was financial secretary to the Treasury before his promotion to the cabinet, replaced Maria Miller in the role last week.
TAX BREAKS A ‘GAME CHANGER’ FOR THEATRE, SAYS SONIA FRIEDMAN
Sonia Friedman has praised the government’s forthcoming tax reliefs for the theatre sector, calling them a “game changer” for less experienced producers.
CAMPAIGN FOR NEW ROCHDALE THEATRE LAUNCHED
Campaigners in Rochdale are calling for a new 500-seat town-centre theatre to be built to provide a venue for smaller touring companies.
MUSICIANS’ UNION VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHT FOR WAR HORSE BAND
The Musicians’ Union has claimed its fight on behalf of musicians that were made redundant from the West End production of War Horse is “far from over”.
ES DEVLIN URGES ASPIRING SET DESIGNERS TO BE ‘OBSESSED’ WITH THEATRE
Stage set designers at the start of their career need to visit the theatre more often and be “obsessed” with the profession if they want to achieve success, Olivier award-winning set designer Es Devlin has claimed.
CHANNEL 4 BOOSTS ARTS CONTENT WITH £3M ACE GRANT
The broadcaster will now re-launch its Random Acts strand – showcasing films made by artists and performers rather than about them – with a more prominent television slot, enhanced online presence and a “more ambitious” remit.
DYLAN THOMAS PLAY UNDER MILK WOOD REMADE FOR TV BY BBC
Sir Tom Jones, Sian Phillips and Michael Sheen are named in an all-star cast for a new BBC Wales TV adaptation of Dylan Thomas's play Under Milk Wood.
RUPERT MURDOCH BELIEVED TO BE INVOLVED IN LEADING BID FOR CHANNEL 5
Media tycoon's BSkyB is thought to have made joint offer for free-to-air channel with Discovery Communications