Arts news round-up
27 April 2015
LABOUR 20-POINT CHARTER TO ENSURE ‘OPENNESS AND ENGAGEMENT’ WITH ARTS
Labour has launched a 20-point charter for culture, which the party pledges will “deliver the infrastructure and the support the creative industries need to succeed”.
LESS THAN A THIRD OF NEW PLAYS WRITTEN BY WOMEN, REPORT FINDS
Under a third of new plays performed in UK theatres are written by women, a new report has revealed.
GUILDHALL STUDENT LUKE DALE WINS ALAN BATES AWARD
Guildhall School of Music and Drama student Luke Dale has won this year’s Alan Bates Award, which celebrates young acting talent.
£200K REFIT FOR THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST
London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East is to undergo a major refurbishment of its auditorium, costing more than £200,000.
SOUTHPORT THEATRE MANAGEMENT PUT UP FOR TENDER
Merseyside’s Southport Theatre and Convention Centre is set for new management after the local council put the venue’s operation up for tender.
TOP GEAR TO HAVE ALL-NEW TEAM AS RICHARD HAMMOND RULES HIMSELF OUT
Presenter joins James May in confirming he will not return to show after Jeremy Clarkson’s departure
SKY PRODUCTION STAFF BRACED FOR REDUNDANCIES
News, sport and entertainment teams called to staff meeting next week as union claims workers worried over costs of Premier League rights deal
BBC PLANS REBOOT OF 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Part-time digital station could be expanded under a range of options that could prove controversial with commercial rivals
CHANNELS 4 AND 5 GIVING TORIES MORE AIRTIME THAN OTHER BROADCASTERS
Cardiff University research also finds BBC and Sky News’ election coverage featured Conservative sources speaking for longer than those from other parties
DAD SAYS AMY WINEHOUSE FILM 'TAINTED'
Amy Winehouse's family has criticised a film about the her life, saying it's "misleading".
KHALIFA'S WALKER TRIBUTE SETS STREAMING RECORD AND TOPS CHART
The single, featuring Charlie Puth on vocals, is on the Fast & Furious 7 soundtrack, paying tribute actor Paul Walker who died while filming the blockbuster in 2013.
HARPER LEE SAVES MOCKINGBIRD PLAY FROM CLOSURE
Author Harper Lee has started a non-profit company to produce a play of her iconic book To Kill a Mockingbird in her hometown of Monroeville, after a dispute was set to end the show.
MUSIC BOSS LEN BLAVATNIK NAMED AS BRITAIN'S RICHEST MAN
Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik is Britain's richest man with a £13.17bn fortune, according to the 2015 Sunday Times Rich List.
DOWNTON'S FELLOWES ADAPTING ANTHONY TROLLOPE NOVEL FOR TV
Julian Fellowes, the award-winning creator of ITV's Downton Abbey is to adapt Anthony Trollope's Doctor Thorne for television.
BRUCE JENNER: I AM LIVING AS A WOMAN
After months of speculation, Bruce Jenner has said he is transgender and identifies as a woman.