Arts news round-up
23 August 2016
EQUITY INVESTIGATES COMPLAINT ABOUT PRODUCER STEPHEN LEATHERLAND
Equity is investigating a complaint made against producer Stephen Leatherland over money allegedly owed for a recent touring production.
POLL SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT FOR DIRTY DANCING PROTESTS
As reported earlier this month, the MU has launched a series of protests in response to the show’s use of a backing track made in Italy and its reduction of live musicians from eight to five.
JONATHAN CHURCH APPOINTED ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THEATRE ROYAL BATH SUMMER SEASON
The appointment comes just three months after Church resigned as artistic director of Sydney Theatre Company.
MULHOLLAND DRIVE LEADS THE PACK IN LIST OF 21ST CENTURY'S TOP FILMS
BBC Culture poll of 177 film critics around the world puts David Lynch’s 2001 surrealist masterpiece in top spot
PRESS REGULATION BATTLES FOUGHT WITHOUT MUCH PUBLIC, OR JOURNALISTIC, INTEREST
As Impress stands on the verge of official royal charter recognition, editors who support Ipso lay claim to official recognition for their code
GARY OWEN WINS £10K JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE FOR IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT
Produced by Sherman Cymru and directed by Rachel O'Riordan, Iphigenia in Splott won the UK Theatre Award for Best New Play 2015 while The Stage recognised Sophie Melville with an award for her performance at the fringe in 2015.
WEST END MUSICAL BEAUTIFUL EXTENDS INTO 2017
The show, based on the life of American singer-songwriter King, was previously booking until November this year, but tickets are now on sale for dates until July 22, 2017.
ALMEIDA THEATRE TO HOLD RELAXED PERFORMANCE OF THEY DRINK IT IN THE CONGO
Taking place on September 21 at 1.30pm, the production will be modified to include changes to its light and sound effects, and audience members will be free to come and go as necessary.
STRICTLY COME DANCING: GREG RUTHERFORD, LESLEY JOSEPH AND TAMEKA EMPSON TO COMPETE
Long jump star Greg Rutherford, Birds of a Feather's Lesley Joseph and EastEnders actress Tameka Empson - who plays Kim Fox - have completed this year's Strictly Come Dancing line-up.
DONOR CARD JOKE NAMED FUNNIEST AT EDINBURGH FRINGE
A one-liner about organ donation has been named funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
MRS BROWN'S BOYS NAMED BEST BRITISH SITCOM IN AUDIENCE POLL
Mrs Brown's Boys has been named the best British sitcom of the 21st century, beating the likes of The Office and Gavin & Stacey.
BOB MARLEY SAXOPHONIST HEADLEY BENNETT DIES AGED 85
His daughter, Carol Bennett, confirmed the musician died on Sunday.
POTTER ACTOR RUPERT GRINT TO STAR IN SNATCH TV REMAKE
Dougray Scott and Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick will also star in the series, which will air on Sony's streaming network Crackle next year.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TO STAR IN AVENGERS 3
The third Avengers film will feature superheroes from Guardians of the Galaxy, actor Vin Diesel has revealed.