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‘Galleries are safe, but visitors need to feel that’: can the Royal Academy survive without funding?

Axel Rüger, secretary and chief executive of the Royal Academy, is “cautiously optimistic” about this week’s vaccine news. “We live in hope every day that this vaccine will work.” Read my full Telegraph article here

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Arts leaders have barely heard from Oliver Dowden – how did he find time to watch The Crown?

The government’s new tiers system is wreaking havoc on the theatre industry. And what is Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden’s major priority? Picking a fight with Netflix over labelling The Crown a work of fiction. Read my full Telegraph article here

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West End Frame Show

Had the pleasure of joining Andrew Tomlins on his popular industry podcast once again, discussing the Olivier Awards and Black British Theatre Awards. Listen to the West End Frame Show here

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Public cash for billionaires? The questions hanging over Oliver Dowden’s Cultural Recovery Fund

This week saw some succour for the arts. The award of £257 million in grants to British organisations has finally been announced. This money will come from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, and it’s designed to tide businesses over … Continue reading

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The government’s attitude to Fatima and the arts will put them on the wrong side of history – they just don’t know it yet

The latest tone-deaf salvo from our government to the creative sector is a CyberFirst campaign (belatedly removed after an outcry), one part of which depicts a ballet dancer called Fatima. The text reads: “Fatima’s next job could be in cyber (she just doesn’t know it … Continue reading

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Theatre in crisis: ‘British culture is world-beating – why leave us behind?’

The Government’s new jobs plan has been met with despair – and fury – from many in the arts world. “Theatre has been viable for thousands of years,” points out leading producer Sonia Friedman. “Yesterday’s announcement from the Chancellor that our industry is … Continue reading

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UK arts leaders in despair: ‘By the time we’re allowed to reopen, we may be too decimated to do so’

Just weeks ago, Oliver Dowden announced Operation Sleeping Beauty – the panto-styled aim to get our beleaguered cultural venues refilling by Christmas. But, following the Prime Minister’s unveiling of strict new Covid-19 guidelines, it now looks like the sector will be left … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Paula Garfield

The artistic director of Deafinitely Theatre discusses Deaf audiences and artists, new production Contractions, and 15 years of the company. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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