Arts news round-up
4 May 2016
THE BBC'S DIVERSITY STRATEGY IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH
The corporation’s plan is full of good intentions, but it is based on flawed assumptions and spin has triumphed over substance
BBC FLOCKS TO THATCHER DRAMA DEAD SHEEP AS EU REFERENDUM LOOMS
Play examining Geoffrey Howe’s split with PM over Europe looks more timely than ever
ITN CHIEF'S PAY PACKAGE SOARS TO £1.2M – WHILE STAFF GET 1.4% RISE
John Hardie receives £499,000 from incentive scheme after bumper 2015 for maker of ITV and Channel 4 news
VERNON KAY'S TOP GEAR RIVAL THE DRIVE HITS THE SKIDS
ITV show featuring celebrities including Louis Walsh and Mariella Frostrup will not return for a second series
GOVERNMENT THREATS TO MAKE BBC MOVE STRICTLY ARE RIDICULOUS, SAYS LORD PATTEN
Tory criticises culture secretary John Whittingdale and accuses ministers of listening more to the corporation’s rivals than to the public
BBC IN TALKS FOR MICHAEL JACKSON TO RETURN IN SENIOR ROLE
Former BBC1 and BBC2 controller, who has also been Channel 4 chief executive, could become director of content or of television
PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS, HANGMEN AND ORESTEIA TIPPED FOR SOUTH BANK SKY ARTS AWARDS
National Theatre and Headlong production People, Places and Things has been nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts award alongside the Royal Court’s production of Hangmen and Oresteia at the Almeida Theatre.
DON’T REFUND AUDIENCES WHO MISS BILLED ACTORS, SAYS POLL
Audiences should not get their money back if the star of a show does not perform, an online poll conducted by The Stage has found.
BERNIE CORBETT STEPS DOWN FROM WRITERS’ GUILD
Bernie Corbett has stepped down as general secretary of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain after 16 years in the post, to allow someone “younger and more energetic” to take over.
THE SECRET GARDEN TO MAKE WEST END RETURN WITH 300 CHILD STARS
The musical, which received its UK premiere in 2000, will run at the Ambassadors Theatre for six weeks from July 27 to August 31 – with a press night on August 3.
ALFIE ALLEN AND KATIE BRAYBEN JOIN CAST OF THE SPOILS
Alfie Allen and Katie Brayben have joined the cast of The Spoils, which receives its UK premiere later this month.
TONY AWARDS 2016: THE NOMINATIONS IN FULL
JAMIE LLOYD CONDEMNS ‘CORRUPT’ WEST END
Director Jamie Lloyd has launched a stinging attack on the price of tickets in the West End, claiming the industry is “corrupt” and exploits celebrity casting.
ACTRESSES' LINES 'DECREASE WITH AGE', STUDY CLAIMS
A detailed analysis of around 2,000 film scripts has suggested that actresses are given fewer lines of dialogue the older they become.
GHOSTBUSTERS TRAILER 'MOST DISLIKED' ON YOUTUBE
The promo for the new Ghostbusters film has attracted more "dislikes" than any trailer shown on the YouTube website.
ROCK LEGENDS TO PLAY US 'MEGA-FESTIVAL'
Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan have been confirmed for the line-up of a US "mega-festival" this October.