Polly McPhee writes from London: Who is Maria Miller? MM just happens to be the British Minister of Culture – the lady with cash handouts for the so-called arts.
Hytner and Boyle have to be heard and believed. Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Hytner’s production of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys are not simply local productions. They play all over the world and win the big Oscars wherever they go. But look, they have their artistic origins in British provincial theatre. If Ms Miller does not understand that, then the small theatres are in trouble. David Cameron buys the idea that there should be more private money going into that arena. via (stirringtroubleinternationally.com)