Review highlights evidence of class bias in arts funding

The outside of London's National Theatre at night

The tendency for people from higher social grades to be more likely to attend arts events is down to a mismatch between current funding priorities and the public’s taste, rather than any lack of demand, an evidence review suggests.

National Theatre Wales dispute continues as Arts Council intervenes

Arts Council of Wales Chief Executive Nick Capaldi said the theatre must respond to ongoing debates about the prevalence of Welsh artists in its work by scrutinising its programming choices and looking at how it is marketing shows and developing audiences. This follows news earlier this week that 200 artists had backed accusations made by scores of Welsh playwrights that the organisation is undermining Welsh artists.

National Theatre Wales Artistic Director Kully Thiarai has also spoken publicly about the debate, saying some of the issues raised relate to wider challenges facing theatre across the country.

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