Arts news round-up
30 March 2015
HOW NEWCASTLE'S ARTS VENUES SURVIVED CUTS
There were howls of protest in 2012 when Newcastle City Council said it would be the first British city to scrap funding for theatres, galleries and other arts venues. A compromise was found, and venues are now finding new ways to survive.
'DEATH THREATS' MADE AGAINST BBC'S TONY HALL INVESTIGATED
Alleged death threats made against BBC director general Tony Hall are being investigated by the Met Police.
RECORD TICKET SALES FOR EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
The opening of the box office for this year's Edinburgh International Festival has seen record sales.
NOTTINGHAM'S THEATRE ROYAL MARKS 150TH ANNIVERSARY
The theatre that premiered The Mousetrap - the world's longest running play - has started celebrations to mark its 150th anniversary.
THE HUSBAND AND WIFE WHO BUILT A THEATRE EMPIRE
If the career of multimillionaire husband and wife theatre impresarios Rosemary Squire and Howard Panter was ever made into a play, then a red car would probably play a central role in the first act.
TOP GEAR FRACAS: POLICE INVESTIGATE ALLEGED DEATH THREATS AGAINST BBC BOSS
Director general Tony Hall said to be under guard after allegation of threats to kill following sacking of Jeremy Clarkson
GIVE US MORE REAL WOMEN ON TV, AUDIENCE TELLS BBC CHIEFS
News lags behind sport in gender balance and audiences enjoy programmes that challenge gender norms, while reality TV is a guilty pleasure, says report
AYR GAIETY THEATRE SECURES EXTRA £590K TOWARDS £2.4M REFURB
Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre has taken a step toward a major refurbishment, due to start in February 2016, with a £500,000 loan from the Social Growth Fund.
HISTORIC YORKSHIRE THEATRE TO EXPAND WITH £286K GRANT
A historic 18th century theatre in North Yorkshire is to expand its exhibition and learning spaces after receiving £286,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
RESEARCH FUNDING DOUBLED FOR ROYAL CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama will see the amount of research funding it receives almost double for the 2015/16 academic year.
HEAVYWEIGHT REPORT DEMANDS FUTURE GOVERNMENT PROTECTS ARTS CASH
A wide-ranging policy review of the creative industries has called on the next government to treat culture as a priority sector and “strongly champion the intrinsic value of the arts”.