The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Recovery Grants - Twenty-eight performing arts organisations have been awarded a share of £75m in the latest round of Culture Recovery Grants. Theatres including London’s Old Vic, Manchester’s Royal Exchange, Northampton Royal and Derngate and Shakespeare’s Globe have all been granted between £1m and £3m each in the first of two rounds for this strand. Six museums and one visual arts organisation were also awarded grants as part of the scheme.
Recipients include: Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust - £3,000,000; English National Ballet - £3,000,000; Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust - £3,000,000; The Old Vic Theatre Trust - £3,000,000; Shakespeare’s Globe - £2,985,707; Sadler’s Wells - £2,975,000; Adlib Audio - £1,650,356; Fabric Life - £1,514,262; Lights Control Rigging Productions - £1,076,179 and The Octagon Theatre Trust - £620,232.
Virtual Awards - The Olivier Awards 2020, held virtually for the first time because of the pandemic, saw three shows lead the field, with three accolades each, while Matthew Bourne made history, having now won the most Oliviers ever by one person, and Sonia Friedman Productions picked up the best new play prize for the fourth year running.
The most awards won by a single show, shared equally by & Juliet, Dear Evan Hansen and Emilia. & Juliet won three out of the four musical performance categories – which went to Miriam-Teak Lee, Cassidy Janson and David Bedella – while Dear Evan Hansen’s Sam Tutty picked up the fourth.
Death of a Salesman went home with two awards, for leading actress Sharon D Clarke and its co-directors Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell. Mary Poppins’ choreographers Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear, and set designer Bob Crowley also won.
Best set design went to Bob Crowley for Mary Poppins. Paule Constable won the Best lighting category for The Ocean At The End Of The Lane; Best sound design went to Emma Laxton for Emilia.
The Duchess of Cornwall made an impassioned speech in support of theatre as she presented a special award to lyricist Don Black. "Those of us who believe in the theatre also believe in its resilience," she said. "It is a cornerstone of a fertile cultural life, a forum for debate, and a powerful means of building community.
"I should like to thank those of you whose profession is in the theatre for your determination and your flexibility. Please remain resilient - we need you and we have missed you."
In The Saleroom - A David Hockney painting put up for auction by the Royal Opera House to raise crucial funds for its survival has been sold for nearly £13m. The painting, of its former chief executive David Webster, went under the hammer at Christie’s in London on 22 October. The painting had an estimate of £11-18m, achieving £12.8m on the night. It is understood that the proceeds will go some way to lessening the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the ROH, which has described the pandemic as "the biggest crisis in its history".
Taylor Swift's latest album Folklore has returned to number one in America, becoming the first record to sell more than a million copies in 2020.
The star's low-key eighth album was recorded during lockdown and released in August.
(Jim Evans)
27 October 2020

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