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Ballet bosses are hoping their “epic” staging of Swan Lake prompts the next government to recognise the “critical” importance of arts funding. English National Ballet artistic director Aaron Watkin, and the Royal Albert Hall’s director of audiences, Louise Halliday, have spoken to Sky News about their concerns – as ballerinas impress fans with their restaging
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Dario G star Paul Spencer has died at the age of 53 following a cancer diagnosis. The dance producer, whose hits included Sunchyme and Carnaval de Paris, was diagnosed with stage four rectal cancer in 2023 and regularly posted about his condition on social media. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing
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Latitude Festival has dropped its sponsor, Barclays, after a number of musicians and comedians dropped out in protest over the bank’s ties to the Israel-Hamas war. Latitude Festival told Sky News: “Following discussion with artists, we have agreed with Barclays that they will step back from sponsorship of Latitude Festival”. Comedians Joanne McNally, Sophie Duker,
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Concerns raised informally about Russell Brand’s behaviour while he worked on several Channel 4 programmes were “not properly escalated or adequately addressed”, an investigation has found. Brand, 49, was accused of rape, sexual assaults and emotional abuse as part of a joint investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, The Times and Sunday Times last year.
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The King’s Birthday Honours list has been published, with leading artist Tracey Emin, pop icon Simon Le Bon and stage and screen actress Imelda Staunton among those recognised. Other well-known faces being given honours include Strictly Come Dancing professional Amy Dowden, singer Heather Small and actor Alex Jennings, with the highest award, Companion of Honour,
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Jake Gyllenhaal says the unexpected opportunity to become roommates with his brother-in-law and co-star Peter Sarsgaard, is a moment he will always cherish. Fresh from dominating the UFC octagon in Road House, the Oscar-nominated actor has swapped his mouthguard for the courtroom in the Apple TV+ series Presumed Innocent. Image: Peter Sarsgaard with wife Maggie
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A British indie band formerly called Easy Life have changed their name to Hard Life after they said they were sued last year by the brand owners of the easyJet airline. Writing on Instagram, the Leicester group admitted the “last nine months have not been easy” but they have now released a new single, Tears.
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