RSC to screen Queen’s funeral

13 Sep 2022

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced that it will screen the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on 19 September.

The late Queen had served as Patron of the RSC since its founding in 1961. 

“Her Majesty last visited us in Stratford-upon-Avon on 4 March 2011, to open formally the transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre,” RSC Executive Director Catherine Mallyon and RSC Acting Artistic Director Erica Whyman said.

“It was a memorable day in the history of the RSC where she met and talked with members of the company and those involved in the redevelopment and transformation of the theatre.”

The screening will be held at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Doors to the auditorium will open at 10.15am, ahead of the funeral service at 11am.

Aside from the screening, there will be no RSC performances in Stratford-upon-Avon or London on September 19.

Tickets will be free and available to reserve online from September 15 via the RSC box office and website.

Call for BBC to give music higher television profile

08 Sep 2022

The BBC should give new music more prominent exposure on television, the man in charge of the Mercury Prize has said.

Geoff Taylor, who is due to step down as CEO of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and his role overseeing the Mercury Prize next year, told Music Week that the BBC has a crucial role to play in supporting British music.

“The BBC has a primordial importance to British music and culture and the BPI and rest of the music sector are strong supporters of its public service role because it allows the BBC a latitude to promote new and innovative music that commercial broadcasters don't always have,” he told Music Week. 

“So our partnership with the BBC around the Mercury Prize is tremendously important.” 

But Taylor argued that it should be given “a higher profile on the main channels”, saying that the prize celebrates “the best British music of the year”.

“If the public service broadcaster can't find space on BBC One or BBC Two for the best British music of the year, then I'm not sure I know what public service broadcasting means,” he said. 

“So we put them under pressure to give it a higher profile.”

The prize ceremony, which takes place on September 8, will be covered live on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music. 

Audiences will pay for 'live digital' events, survey suggests

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70% of audiences say they are willing to pay for digital events as full capacity shows remain on ice. But the shift towards user-pays models "will be a challenge," experts warn.

Union speaks out on recompense for artists whose work is streamed

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‘Live to digital’ screenings aren’t diversifying audiences, research finds

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The hills are alive… with event cinema

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The screening effect

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Breaking barriers

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Digital initiative to drive community screenings

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Live cinema a gateway to the arts, report claims

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Survey to examine fallout from live to digital streaming

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Live to digital

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Sector split on need for national screening strategy

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Progress promised on rebalancing England’s arts funding

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The Government gives its backing to the geographic re-distribution of arts funding but remains silent on key Select Committee recommendations.

Opera and ballet review exposes venue/company friction

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The failure to share data is hindering audience development and must be addressed as a condition of funding, says ACE.

Cinema screenings fail to create a new audience for opera

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Live broadcasts are attracting a dedicated older audience who value affordability and accessibility, a new survey has found.

Sharing audiences

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Marketing with customer insight

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When it opened in 2009 the cinema screen at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable saw average audiences of about 40 people, but data-led marketing has worked wonders, explains Claire McFauld.


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