The Week in Lighting & Sound
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Second-hand Probe - Websites that sell second-hand tickets are to be investigated by the competition regulator in the UK. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) probe follows an initial review of the four main secondary ticketing websites - Get Me In, Seatwave, StubHub and Viagogo - that aimed to ensure they improved the information they provided about tickets on their site.

There are concerns that if information is not clear, people are at risk of being turned away at the doors because of restrictions placed on some resold tickets. The CMA said one website was not fully complying with their undertaking and it was "actively pursuing" it to ensure its obligations are met "in full".

The watchdog said its wider investigation would result in enforcement action if providers fall foul of consumer protection laws in areas such as clear seller information. It was also checking for potential connections between sellers and event organisers. Its decision to investigate followed a report for the Government which called for a crackdown on touts using secondary ticket platforms to bulk buy tickets which were then sold on at inflated prices.

Capital of Culture - A nationwide competition has been launched to find the UK city that will be named European Capital of Culture in 2023. The winning city will benefit from increased investment, the government said, adding that it would lead to new jobs and a boost for the local economy. The UK has hosted the European Capital of Culture twice before - in Glasgow in 1990 and Liverpool in 2008.

Culture secretary Karen Bradley said: "This Government is committed to building an economy that works for everyone, so all parts of the United Kingdom can benefit from economic growth and prosperity. Celebrating the cultural heritage and innovation in Britain's cities is part of our plan for an outward-looking, globally minded and dynamic country." She reiterated that, while the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, it is not leaving Europe. "We want that relationship to reflect the kind of mature, cooperative relationship that close friends and allies enjoy," she said.

Private Dancer - Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd has reunited with the musical's choreographer and designer to develop a show based on Tina Turner's life. Lloyd is working with choreographer Anthony van Laast and designer Mark Thompson on the show - both of whom worked with Lloyd on Mamma Mia!. Others involved in the creation of the show, called Tina - the Musical, are musical supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck and writer Katori Hall.

Turner joined the team developing the show in London last week. She said, "We have been working on the musical for over a year now and today I am delighted to be able to share our news as we begin the next chapter of our journey. It has been wonderful to collaborate with Katori and Phyllida and to have my story nurtured by such an amazing creative team is thrilling. London has always had a very special place in my heart and it's wonderful to be back." Stage Entertainment is producing the musical.

Dream On - Dreamgirls has announced it has extended its run at the Savoy Theatre until October 2017. The West End musical which stars Amber Riley, is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and produced by Sonia Friedman. Dreamgirls first appeared on Broadway 35 years ago.

Moveable Feast - The 2019 Glastonbury Festival could be held at a site 100 miles away from Worthy Farm, "towards the Midlands" to help protect the main site. Festival founder Michael Eavis said the new site would be used every five years to help the land at his farm recover. "I'm arranging to move the show [but] it would be a huge loss to Somerset if it went there forever," he said. A previous plan to move to Longleat had been considered but owners of the Wiltshire attraction turned it down.

Gathering No Moss - Mick Jagger has reasons to be cheerful. The 73-year-old became a father again for the eighth-time a few weeks back. Then his band The Rolling Stones landed their first number one album for 22 years with their blues tribute Blue and Lonesome. Now the singer has given his new son a distinctive name: Deveraux Octavian Basil.

(Jim Evans)


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