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30 July 2014

Press cuttingsANDREW LLOYD WEBBER TO SUE OVER SUPERSTAR CANCELLATION
BBC
Andrew Lloyd Webber's production company, Really Useful Group, is suing the promoter of a cancelled US tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28545902

PUSSY RIOT PAIR SUE RUSSIA OVER IMPRISONMENT
BBC
Two members of the feminist group, Pussy Riot, are suing the Russian government over their imprisonment for a protest in a Moscow cathedral.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28541656

IS THEATRE SCARED OF THE INTERNET?
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Following the opening of The Nether, Dominic Cavendish asks why, in a digital age, the online world has been so forgotten on the stage
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/10997391/Is-theatre-scared-of-the-internet.html

CITY GRANDEE NICK PRETTEJOHN EMERGES AS LEADING CONTENDER TO HEAD BBC
GUARDIAN
As Lord Coe pulls out, former adviser to George Osborne is understood to be a top candidate for chairman of BBC Trust
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/29/city-grandee-nick-prettejohn-leading-contender-head-bbc-trust

ITV PRE-TAX PROFITS RISE 40% TO £250M
GUARDIAN
Brazil World Cup led to TV advertising increase of 13% in second quarter, with total revenues rising 7% to £1.2bn
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/30/itv-profits-rise-brazil-world-cup

ITV STUDIOS BOSS KEVIN LYGO WRITES BBC DRAMA UNDER A PSEUDONYM
GUARDIAN
Corporation green lights police drama Walter, which will star Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar and The Iron Lady’s Alexandra Roache
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/30/itv-studios-kevin-lygo-bbc-drama-walter

CRUZ, BARDEM AND ALMODÓVAR DENOUNCE ISRAEL OVER GAZA
GUARDIAN
In an open letter, some of Spain's biggest film personalities call on EU to condemn Israel's military actions against Gaza
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/jul/30/penelope-cruz-javier-bardem-pedro-almodovar-israel-palestine-gaza

IS THERE ANY TV WORTH WATCHING IN SILLY SEASON?
GUARDIAN
With little but repeats, sport and gardening on the schedules, I've fallen out with my TV. But rewarding viewing is still out there – if you look beyond the mainstream channels
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/jul/30/tv-worth-watching-silly-season-beyond-mainstream-channels

ROGER ALLAM: HOW SHEILA HANCOCK GAVE ME A DREAM GIG WITH THE RSC
GUARDIAN
On tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the early 80s I found my feet playing Oberon, Theseus – and Mercutio to Daniel Day-Lewis's Romeo
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/jul/30/roger-allam-sheila-hancock-dream-gig-rsc

THREATENED NEW BRADFORD PLAYHOUSE SAVED BY PRIVATE BUYER
STAGE
The New Bradford Playhouse’s future as a performance venue has been secured after being bought by a local enthusiast.
http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2014/07/threatened-new-bradford-playhouse-saved-private-buyer/

LONDON THEATRE TAKES £620M AT BOX OFFICE IN 2012/13, REPORT FINDS
STAGE
Around £620 million was spent on London theatre tickets in 2012/13 by more than 22 million people, according to a major new report.
http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2014/07/london-theatre-takes-620m-box-office-201213-report-finds/ 

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