Written on Tuesday, 11 August 2020
London’s Bridge Theatre is to stage eight of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues, shown on TV in June, as part of its post-Covid re-opening season, its normal capacity of 900 seats reduced to 250.
Written on Monday, 10 August 2020
The arts face an uphill battle for survival post-Covid and post-Brexit, especially with new restrictions on touring. Even loops in the new rules may not help much, reports Olivia Bridge, political correspondent for the legal consultancy the Immigration Advice Service.
1972 was Derry-Londonderry’s worst year of The Troubles, and the city’s Playhouse is using the year’s story to herald the theatre's new virtual future.
Written on Friday, 07 August 2020
Could this have been true? The story goes that when Keir Starmer recently rang Boris Johnson to ask for theatres to be reopened he got the usual non-committal response of “as soon as we safely can”. But at the end of the call Johnson didn’t hang up properly, and the unmistakable voice of his Senior Adviser could be heard exclaiming: “The last people we’re going to allow back to work is those fucking dancers!”
Written on Thursday, 06 August 2020
Tara Arts, the country’s first BAME theatre company, has announced Abdul Shayek as its new artistic director and joint-CEO who has pledged himself and the company to renewed combating of racism and racial inequality in the light of the Black Lives Matter campaign.
Written on Tuesday, 04 August 2020
Tate director Maria Balshaw (pictured here by Bloomberg) has been named today as a member of the expert panel exploring the impact of the Covid pandemic on the arts and their response.
Written on Monday, 03 August 2020
The Catalyst Network is a gathering of entrepreneurial, strategic and operational expertise from across the creative industries that meets regularly to discuss strategic challenges faced by the arts. Kate Rolfe (pictured), the co-chair of the latest Catalyst Thinks discussion, reports on its latest exchanges
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago this week are to be marked by a digital work of public art.
Written on Friday, 31 July 2020
Alan Parker, the film director, writer and producer who brought such classics as Bugsy Malone, Mississippi Burning and Angela’s Ashes to the screen, died today aged 76.
Ambassador Theatre Group, the UK’s largest theatre operator, is to lay of 1,200 casual staff.
Skegness Beach, summer of 1999, by Tom Pilston
Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image
Written on Thursday, 30 July 2020
A new public sculpture, THE END by Heather Philipson, was today unveiled on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth in central London.
Written on Wednesday, 29 July 2020
The National Trust today told staff their jobs may have to go as part of a £100m savings package.
The statue of a 17th century trading magnate whose fortune partly came from forced labour and the trading of slaves is to remain.
The government has launched a £500m scheme for save TV and film production, effectively becoming the industry's insurer.
Written on Tuesday, 28 July 2020
The Southbank Centre, which has said it may have to cut 400 jobs, has appealed to the government for help with a “crippling” £21m debt exacerbated by the Covid-19 lockdown.
The House of Illustration, the UK’s only gallery devoted to illustration and graphics founded by the illustrator Sir Quentin Blake in 2014, is to make a new home in a listed building next to Sadler’s Wells Theatre in Islington.
Written on Monday, 27 July 2020
Coventry has chosen its brand and logo for its year as the UK City of Culture in 2021.
Written on Friday, 24 July 2020
The fund set up by Oscar-winning film and theatre director Sir Sam Mendes to help theatre workers struggling in the lockdown has raised £1.6m in just three weeks.
Written on Thursday, 23 July 2020
By Patrick Kelly, AI’s northern editor
This column is not a particular fan of John Whittingdale, the culture minister and one-time culture secretary, whose fixation with the BBC and its alleged “leftwing” bias distorted his blessedly brief time as government culture supremo.
The Art Fund is to double the prize money for the Museum of the Year Award this time to £200,000 as part of a campaign for museums as they reopen following the pandemic lockdown.
In a damning judgement of the government’s response to rescuing the creative sector from lockdown calamity, the culture, media and support select committee has said the £1.57bn arts rescue fund has come too late and too slow.
Written on Tuesday, 21 July 2020
The David Glass Ensemble was founded in 1990 as an international theatre company engagied with the changing world through tough productions, often written by David Glass himself and with new takes on Shakespeare and even Dickens. As a pioneer of physical theatre the performer, director and playwright is often said by other theatre makers to be a defining force in world drama.
Written on Monday, 20 July 2020
Indoor performances can start again from August 1, but with social distancing still in place how will theatres and concert halls work?