Arts news round-up
23 April 2014
EQUITY CONDEMNS BYRE “RESCUE” PLAN
Plans to lease the Byre Theatre to the University of St Andrews have been challenged by Equity, which also condemns the proposal as “catastrophic” for professional theatre in the town.
BIRMINGHAM REP TO HOST EUROPEAN CULTURE FESTIVAL
Birmingham Repertory Theatre will be the home of this year’s Be Festival, which celebrates European culture, after the event was forced to relocate from the factory it previously occupied.
SORRY SIR RICHARD, LONDON’S SUBSIDY BUBBLE MAY SOON BE BURST
The funding cuts have been managed very adroitly by arts organisations so far
BOROUGH HALL REDESIGN TO GO AHEAD DESPITE “SUBSTANTIAL CONCERNS”
Greenwich Council has granted planning permission for a multi-million pound refurbishment of its Borough Hall venue, despite national advisory body the Theatres Trust raising “substantial concerns” about the designs.
SHAKESPEARE 'A CULTURAL ICON' ABROAD
William Shakespeare is the UK's greatest cultural icon, according to the results of an international survey released to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth
JAMAICA INN: VIEWERS COMPLAIN OVER 'MUMBLING ACTORS'
Monday's launch episode of new BBC period drama Jamaica Inn sparked more than 100 complaints, after sound issues left viewers struggling to understand what was being said on screen.
JIMMY SAVILE: ADVERTS ADVISE VICTIMS ON COMPENSATION
People who say they were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile are being advised how they can claim compensation through adverts in newspapers.
EX-CORONATION STREET STAR CRITICISES 'LUDICROUS PREJUDICE' AGAINST SOAP ACTORS
Sarah Lancashire, who played Raquel, says soaps are a 'double edged sword' as some writers and producers look down on them
TOP GEAR 'REGRETS' OFFENSIVE REMARK
Executive producer expresses regret for offence caused after remark made by presenter Jeremy Clarkson
ITV UNDER FIRE OVER PRESENTERS' PAY AS IT CUES UP SUSANNA REID BREAKFAST SHOW
Nick Owen says large salaries alienate viewers as sources at broadcaster deny star's Good Morning Britain deal is worth £1m
JAMAICA INN: BBC RECEIVES MORE THAN 100 COMPLAINTS OVER 'MUMBLING'
Corporation says it will adjust sound levels for episode two after viewers said they couldn't understand what the cast was saying
NETFLIX ANNOUNCES $1BN REVENUES AND HIGHER PRICES FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS
Movie and TV service says $1-2 increase in monthly rate will not affect current customers and will go towards buying more content