Albert Hall’s public plea for £20m rescue

The Royal Albert Hall is appealing for public donations worth £20m to ensure its survival.

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Concert to shop by, courtesy of the RPO

Weekend shoppers and residents in Wembley Park were surprised to be serenaded by musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) with live orchestral music played to an unsuspecting audience  in London’s newest creative neighbourhood.

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Theatres could reopen on Nov 1

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden is believed to working on allowing theatres and concert halls to reopen from November 1 with mass testing for audiences replacing social distancing, with full operation possible Christmas.

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‘Devolve arts funding to local councils to help Covid recovery’ – report

The government should devolve arts funding to local authorities to help England recover from Covid-19.

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Remember the 3m you forgot, Chancellor!

A video choir of more than 100 singers representing the three million believed to have been left out of the government’s lockdown safeguard funding has released a song via Facebook directed at Chancellor Rishi Sunak. 

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Scarborough goes live at the SJT - including panto

Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is reopening with an autumn and winter live programme.

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Belarus: ‘Our weapons are ourselves’

Last week we published an exclusive article by the writer and actor Nichola McAuliffe about the Belarusian government’s treatment of its own national theatre, the Janka Kupal, where a play of hers had been produced. The government-appointed general director came out in support of the demonstrators against the disputed presidential election results and, she reported, was summarily sacked. The theatre’s personal all came out in his support, and now they have found their own voice, their own demands and their own plea to theatre communities and media outlets around the world for their support.

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Kapoor’s ‘Glow for Maggie’

The sculptor Anish Kapoor has created a a new print in hopes of raising £750,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres.

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ACE adds £2m to help freelance musicians and theatre artists

Arts Council England has given £2m to the Theatre Artists Fund (TAF) and Help Musicians’ Financial Hardship Funding programme, set up specifically to help freelancers during the Covid-19 crisis.

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RSC - no live theatre till 2021

The Royal Shakespeare Company announced today that its theatres in Stratford-on-Avon and London will not reopen before 2021 because of the Covid-19 crisis.

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