Chester Storyhouse: how a repurposed art deco cinema could revitalise the city

To Bennetts’ relatively sober canvas, Clifton has added some flourishes of his own, however: statues of peacocks, mirrors laminated with historic views of Chester, and wallpaper and soft furnishings in bedazzling patterns. “Being theatre-makers,” he says, “we’re never knowingly understated.” It’s all part of his idea of drawing in people usually put off by institutions […]

Arts sector hit again as La Mama Theatre, Sydney Writers’ Festival and others lose Australia Council funding amid coronavirus shutdown

Other casualties are high-profile troupes for young people including the St Martins and Polyglot theatres in Melbourne, Barking Gecko in Perth, and Sydney’s Australian Theatre for Young People, which counts Nicole Kidman, Baz Luhrmann and Rebel Wilson among its alumni.

Simon Rattle’s return to LSO marred by squabble over new London concert hall

The ambitious draft proposal for London Wall will go out to wider consultation at the end of the year and is an attempt to harness investment in the city’s cultural infrastructure along the tourist and commuter corridor that runs from Tate Modern over the Thames to St Paul’s. If approved, it is thought it would […]

Southbank Centre’s clever revamp plans continue to divide critics

When plans for the Southbank Centre’s £120m expansion were announced in March, reaction was divided. To some, touching the hallowed concrete landscape – a site of pilgrimage for skateboarders and brutalist fans – was heresy, with any suggestion of alteration to be dismissed outright. Others basked in a wave of optimism, this being the best […]

RIBA reports its president to Charity Commission over ‘serious incident’

Kerr Robertson, RIBA’s honorary secretary who will take over the presidency for the time being, said: “The RIBA president, Alan Jones, has brought a sensitive matter to our attention, which we are investigating and, in line with regulations, we have informed the Charity Commission.

Fox News Stars Now Pretend They Never Said What They Said About the Coronavirus

Later in his monologue, he compared COVID-19 to the 2009-10 H1N1 pandemic, which was highly contagious but had a low mortality rate of 0.02 percent. “Nearly 13,000 Americans died from swine flu,” Watters stated. “So far, just a few dozen Americans have died from coronavirus. A few dozen versus 13,000. In one year. This isn’t […]

‘This is hard on your soul’: the coronavirus’s threat to new theatres

Many theatres operate as charities, such as Hope Mill in Manchester, which opened in 2015 and usually receives no arts or government funding. Joseph Houston, its artistic director, says they are now in “a very vulnerable position”. Until the end of last year, Hope Mill had operated as a limited company, but Houston and his […]

Coronavirus cancellations and delays: Democratic convention, Wimbledon, more

Cultural happenings and institutions Movie blockbusters A number of high-profile movies have seen their release dates pushed back, including Black Widow, A Quiet Place 2, Mulan and the next James Bond installment, No Time to Die.Coachella The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been pushed to October.Glastonbury The UK’s legendary Glastonbury music festival, this year intended to feature Taylor Swift, […]

It’s time to challenge everything, so what will we create from this savage lesson?

People tell me it’s a great time to be a writer, but I just lost all my forward income from festivals and author events until October. Bookshops are closing. Book sales may rise, or they may dive. I don’t have a partner with a job to see us through. I’m a single parent again because […]

Focus shifts to rapid testing as India’s COVID-19 tally rises to 2,547

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted its first resolution on the coronavirus pandemic, co-sponsored by India and 187 other nations, calling for intensified global cooperation to defeat the deadly disease that is causing ‘severe disruption’ to societies and economies.