Cecilia Bartoli has withdrawn from her US Tour "due to unforeseen circumstances". The tour was to kick off in six days time from Santa Monica, five concerts in all, taking in Irvine and finishing in Berkeley on 2 April. The Los Angeles Times reports that organisers Universal Music Arts & Entertainment were "unable to elaborate on the reasons behind the cancellation". … [Read more...] about Cecilia Bartoli cancels her American tour
With cuts threatening to cull hundreds of local libraries in Britain, author Alan Bennett talks of their importance in the London Review of Books: I have always been happy in libraries, though without ever being entirely at ease there. A scene that seems to crop up regularly in plays that I have written has a character, often a young man, standing in front of a bookcase … [Read more...] about Alan Bennett on the importance of local libraries
In a week's time, preview performances start for the new Cameron Mackintosh musical Betty Blue Eyes. Adapted from Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray’s film “A Private Function”, the story centres around Betty, a pig who is being illegally reared to ensure that the local dignitaries can celebrate the forthcoming Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while everyone else makes do … [Read more...] about Betty Blue Eyes goes into previews in a week’s time – a very British musical!