October 28: The #artsfunding issue
This week’s issue of The Stage concentrates on the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review on the cultural sector. Commencing with five pages of news and reaction from industry leaders, other features include:
Insight: As major arts organisations wake up to the reality of budget cuts, some theatres have already proved they can survive without subsidies. But, writes Simon Tait, it’s going to get tougher with everyone chasing the same money
Culture suffered at the Comprehensive Spending Review because the public doesn’t understand arts funding, argues Alistair Smith. Audiences need to be made aware that their contribution is essential
Media expert Maggie Brown looks at the BBC deal that will see the licence fee frozen for six years while taking on funding of the World Service, BBC Monitoring and S4C.
The upshot is that by the end of the current licence fee settlement in 2017, the BBC estimates it will be £638 million worse off than currently. Can that really be met totally by yet more efficiency, sales of vacant property and reduced back-office staff? The body language of BBC experts suggests not.
The cuts will demand good management at all levels, argues theatrical accountant Anthony Pins
Also this week:
Dear John: “In my latest role, I have to perform a play within a play. How do I play two characters at once?” With advice from Gene David Kirk and Catherine Cusack
With more Olivier awards than any other performer and a mastery of Shakespeare, Sondheim, Coward and Wilde, producer Bill Kenwright argues that Judi Dench deserves your vote for the Greatest Stage Actor
Broadway musical Fela! hits the London stage next month, promising to give audiences a sensory experience. Nick Smurthwaite finds out more from its director and choreographer, the Tony award winner Bill T Jones
Matthew Hemley meets Rupert Evans, pinning the hyperactive star of ITV1’s new drama The Little House down long enough to talk family, fame and an incident with a lion in Zimbabwe
Wild Rose’s Julian Deplidge is passionate about the company’s ice show productions, which mix dance, circus and skating. Douglas McPherson finds out about its history nd global ambitions
For someone who drifted into acting, Kika Markham’s extensive stage and screen credits are well documented. She talks to Nick Smurthwaite about her career, including her role as a bohemian matriarch in Nina Raine’s new Royal Court play
More used to touring village halls, Eastern Angles allowed its ideas to run riot when it staged productions in a warehouse and a disused air force hangar. Kevin Berry talks to artistic director Ivan Cutting about the joys and challenges of site-specific theatre
To celebrate Halloween, we present a round-up of where and when ghosts have been witnessed by actors and audiences in London’s theatres
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