Arts news round-up
18 September 2014
EQUITY: INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND NO THREAT TO PERFORMERS’ WORK OPPORTUNITIES
Equity has claimed an independent Scotland would not impact on performers’ abilities to work freely across the borders.
MICHAEL GRADE: ORIGINAL MUSICALS PLANNED AS PART OF ENO DEAL
Producers Michael Grade and Michael Linnit have revealed plans to stage original musical theatre productions at the Coliseum in London as part of their partnership with English National Opera
ITV DROPS SINGING TALENT SHOW AHEAD OF BROADCAST
Rising Star sees viewers vote for contestants via an interactive app.
‘ARTS GROUPS THAT IMPROVE WELLBEING SHOULD HAVE FUNDING BOOST’ – REPORT
Arts organisations that include participatory activities in their output should be given greater priority when public funding decisions are made, according to a parliamentary inquiry into wellbeing.
ATG TO HAND OVER GRIMSBY AUDITORIUM MANAGEMENT TO COUNCIL
Grimsby Auditorium will transfer its management from Ambassador Theatre Group to Lincs Inspire, a subsidiary of North East Lincolnshire Council, at the end of this month.
READING REP BECOMES ASSOCIATE COMPANY AT NEWBURY’S WATERMILL
Reading Rep has been appointed as an associate company at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, which will see the two organisations working together to stage productions.
LEEDS GRAND THEATRE MAKES MAJOR INVESTMENT IN YOUTH
Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House has launched a three-year learning programme that will include an arts festival produced by young people and a substantial city-wide apprenticeship scheme.
THEATRES TRUST LISTS 33 HISTORIC THEATRES 'AT RISK'
More than 30 historic theatres in England and Wales are "at risk" from decay, closure or irreversible change, according to the Theatres Trust.
DANGER MOUSE TO BE VOICED BY ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG
Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse when the much-loved cartoon hero returns to TV next year.
GOGGLEBOX WINS ROSE D'OR INTERNATIONAL TV AWARD
Channel 4's Gogglebox and BBC One game show Pointless were among the British winners at the 53rd Rose d'Or festival.
MAXINE PEAKE IN HAMLET: CRITICS DELIVER THEIR VERDICTS
Maxine Peake's performance as Hamlet has been described by critics as "stunningly good", "excellent" and "not fully rounded" after her opening night.
EASY RIDER CHOPPER TIPPED TO FETCH $1M AT AUCTION
The customised chopper Peter Fonda rode in 1969 film Easy Rider is expected to fetch more than $1 million (£613,000) when it goes up for auction next month.
JACK HUSTON SET TO STAR IN BEN-HUR REMAKE
British actor Jack Huston is expected to take the lead role in a remake of 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to reports from Hollywood.
NEWS CORP EXECUTIVE LABELS GOOGLE A 'PLATFORM FOR PIRACY'
Robert Thomson writes to competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia calling for action over Google's dominance
MAX CLIFFORD APPEALS AGAINST 8-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR INDECENT ASSAULTS
The former celebrity PR guru has launched an appeal against the length of his sentence, which will be heard on 9 Octobe
DOCTOR WHO TIME-TRAVELS TO LATE SLOT IN SATURDAY NIGHT TV BATTLE
Having returned last month starring Peter Capaldi, show moves to 8.30pm to accommodate Strictly Come Dancing