Stars support Orton statue appeal

Theatre stars including Sir Ian McKellen, Sheila Hancock and Stephen Fry are behind a bid to put up a statue of the playwright Joe Orton in his home town of Leicester.

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Glyndebourne gender swap... in gender swap role

A female mezzo-soprano who has had to withdraw from a Glyndebourne opera production is to be replaced – by a man.

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Plea to Johnson: Don’t sacrifice creative industries

One of the first letters in the new prime minister’s in-tray will be from Alan Bishop, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation, demanding a second referendum to save the creative industries.

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Women gaining level playing field - review

Women in the creative industries are gradually winning a level playing field in the way their work is reported on, but there is still a hill to climb (#shesaidmore).

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Dickens ‘lost portrait’ saved

A portrait of Charles Dickens as a young man has been saved from export.

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No-Deal Brexit threatens UK agency’s Europe role

The UK cultural development agency ArtReach has won a €1.3m grant to deliver a Europe-wide arts project – on condition there is no No-Deal Brexit.

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Cancer forces Sarah Connolly to cancel Prom

Dame Sarah Connolly, the mezzo-soprano, has had to withdraw from a Proms performance and a forthcoming ENO production because of recently diagnosed cancer.

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Tates declare ‘climate emergency’

The directors of the four Tate galleries - Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Late Liverpool and Tate St Ives - have declared a climate emergency.

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Who are we?

Through 130 works of art, Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery will try to pin down the British character at a time when national identity is proving to be elusive.

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British Museum trustee resigns

A trustee has resigned from the British Museum board over the institution’s “immovability on issues of critical concern”.

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