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Mayoral elections are coming up in many parts of England. What can a Mayor do to help fund the Arts? Terry Grimley asks this on behalf of the new West Midlands Regional Authority. The article was commisioned by the think tank, Midlands Arts Progressive.
The think-tank Midlands Arts Progressive has compiled eight wuestions for the West Midlands Regional Authority Mayoral Candidates around arts funding in the region. Although West Midlands based they have implications to many areas. See what you think.
There have been excellent productions and outstanding performances. But I’d like to notice some of the theatres and Directors who maintain the energy of British theatre in difficult times. Sam Walters took Richmond’s Orange Tree theatre from a lunchtime pub operation in 1979 to a purpose-built auditorium with a year-round repertory of full-length evening shows, making him a hard act to follow. Harder when incoming Artistic Director Paul Miller was greeted last year by news the theatre’s Arts Council funding …
An innovative way to celebrate the Shakespeare 400 anniversary. Alexander Ray Edser looks at an exciting new project for April and May in the Midlands and touring.
FURIOUS FOLLY: Mark Anderson A 14-18 NOW Commission A very special type of event Alexander Ray Edser looks at a major commission commemorating the 14-18 War.
Walking the Tightrope: the tension between art and politics. Carole Woddis asks 'What's the right balance?' prompted by Theatre Uncut's debate. Theatre Deli, Farringdon, London.
Writers of all levels of experience are invited to enter plays, which must be original, unperformed and unproduced for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. The winner will receive a prize of £16,000 and a full production of their play at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The competition is a unique partnership between the Royal Exchange Theatre and property company Bruntwood.
Tuesday, 14 July this year marks the 60th anniversary of a new theatre venture in Scarborough when the Yorkshire seaside resort’s town-centre Library became home, in 1955, to a professional company playing ‘in-the-round’ – that is with the audience seated on all sides of what was more a square.
A confident-sounding annual report from Hampstead Theatre shows somewhere teetering on the brink of losing its artistic respectability (somewhat unfairly, but that’s another matter) and with finances accordingly in decline, renewed in confidence and prestige.