Dawn French ad cleared by watchdog after title of show draws complaints – The Guardian

Posted March 16th, 2023 in advertising, complaints, news, theatre by sally

‘An ad that read “Dawn French is a Huge Twat” – the title of her live show – has been cleared by the advertising watchdog after complaints it was offensive.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2023

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Inaccessible Venues Are Infringing On Disability Rights – Each Other

‘Popular West End musical Six has drawn criticism from disability activists after announcing that it is moving from the Lyric Theatre to the Vaudeville theatre, which lacks accessible facilities for disabled people.’

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Each Other, 16th July 2021

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Actor loses tribunal claim over loss of Color Purple role after homophobic comments – The Guardian

‘An actor who sued a theatre and her former agents after she was sacked when a Facebook post resurfaced has had her claim for religious discrimination, harassment and breach of contract rejected at an employment tribunal.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2021

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Courtroom drama: Salford’s Lowry Theatre to become Nightingale court – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2020 in coronavirus, courts, Crown Court, delay, Ministry of Justice, news, statistics, theatre, trials by sally

‘There are many barristers who like to imagine they could have succeeded on the stage, hamming it up in their wigs and gowns and addressing the jury like Laurence Olivier doing Richard III.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2020

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Input tax recovery of theatre production costs: HMRC v Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation [2020] UKUT 132 (TCC) – Monckton Chambers

Posted June 16th, 2020 in news, theatre, VAT by sally

‘Supplies of theatre and museum tickets fall within the ‘cultural exemption’ under Schedule 9 of the VAT Act 1994. However, the business model of many cultural venues does not rely solely on income from ticket sales. As well as funds from public grants and endowments, many venues also make taxable supplies of food and drink at on-site bars and restaurants, or sell other merchandise too. On the input side, venues will have paid VAT on the costs of staging productions or putting on exhibitions. The present appeal concerned whether the Royal Opera House’s production costs fell to be attributed solely to its exempt sales of tickets and taxable sales of programmes, or alternatively to a wider range of taxable supplies, principally its bar and restaurant offerings.’

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Monckton Chambers, June 2020

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VAT at the opera: deductibility of the theatrical production costs – Monckton Chambers

Posted June 11th, 2020 in news, theatre, VAT by sally

‘In HMRC v Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation [2020] UKUT 132 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (Morgan J and Judge Timothy Herrington) held that VAT paid on theatre production costs was not recoverable on the basis of an economic link to taxable catering supplies, overruling a decision in the Opera House’s favour at first instance. The ruling will be significant not just for the wider theatre industry, but more generally as regards the relevance of ‘commercial reality’ arguments to questions of input tax deduction.’

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Monckton Chambers, 3rd June 2020

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Legal action launched in row between National Theatre and lesbian group – Daily Telegraph

‘Legal action is being launched in a dispute between the National Theatre and a group of lesbian claimants.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2019

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The disbelieved: rape accusers’ stories retold on stage – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2018 in anonymity, news, rape, theatre, trials by sally

‘When a rape trial ends in acquittal, what do the anonymous women who made the claims do next?’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2018

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Hamilton for lawyers – New Law Journal

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in compromise, legal history, news, theatre by sally

‘How can a hip-hop musical become an inspiration for mediators? Richard Harrison shares his thoughts & a few plot spoilers below…’

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New Law Journal, 15th September 2017

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Man behind Birdie Song wins court battle over West End show tunes – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 27th, 2015 in artistic works, copyright, news, theatre by sally

‘Henry Hadaway could be awarded more than £300,000 after High Court ruling.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2015

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Soho Theatre fined over fall that paralysed stage manager – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2014 in fines, health & safety, news, personal injuries, theatre by tracey

‘A theatre where a stage manager was paralysed in a fall through an unmarked balcony door on to the stage below has been fined £20,000.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2014

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Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd v Revenue and Customs Comrs – WLR Daily

Posted May 29th, 2014 in appeals, HM Revenue & Customs, law reports, repayment, set-off, theatre, VAT by michael

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd v Revenue and Customs Comrs [2014] EWCA Civ 684;  [2014] WLR (D)  232

‘Where the taxpayer made a claim for repayment of VAT which had been paid owing to a mistake, all the consequences of the mistake were to be taken into account in assessing the quantum of his claim. The revenue was, therefore, entitled under section 81(3A) of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 to take into account both credits and debits and to set off amounts of input tax it had wrongly paid to the taxpayer against the amount the taxpayer now claimed to be repaid in respect of output tax it wrongly paid to the revenue.’

WLR Daily, 22nd May 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Travails of the War Horse orchestra – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 24th, 2014 in artistic works, contract of employment, human rights, news, redundancy, theatre by tracey

‘Ashworth and others v the Royal National Theatre [2014] 1176. Anyone who saw one of the early performances of War Horse in its first season at the National Theatre will remember how profoundly moving was the live music, with the musicians visible along the sides of the theatre above the stage. Since that highly successful (and profitable) first season the role of the orchestra had been radically reduced, and now looks as if it is about to vanish altogether.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd April 2014

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War Horse musicians lose court bid for reinstatement – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2014 in contracts, employment, news, theatre by tracey

‘Five musicians who performed as a live band for four years in the West End production of the National Theatre’s hugely successful War Horse, but were then replaced by a recorded soundtrack, have lost their bid to be reinstated. But Mr Justice Cranston told Neyire Ashworth, Andrew Callard, Jonathan Eddie, David Holt and Colin Rae that their prospects at trial for a breach of contract by the National Theatre were “strong”.’

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The Guardian, 15th April 2014

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Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse family seeks payout – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2014 in accidents, compensation, health & safety, insurance, news, theatre by tracey

‘A family injured when the Apollo Theatre ceiling collapsed is suing the theatre’s owners for compensation.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2014

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Courtroom Drama – BBC Unreliable Evidence

Posted January 7th, 2013 in legal profession, legal services, news, theatre by sally

“Following the return of Rumpole to Radio 4, Clive Anderson and his guests discuss how accurately the legal world is depicted in stage and screen dramas. And they discuss the issues which arise when the distinctions between fiction and fact – between Rumpole and reality – become blurred in the public’s mind.”


BBC Unreliable Evidence, 29th December 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Airlines risk legal action over credit card ‘sting’ – The Independent

Posted June 29th, 2011 in airlines, consumer credit, fees, news, theatre, unfair commercial practices by sally

“Budget airlines, theatres and football clubs risk legal action if they continue to levy inflated charges for paying by credit and debit cards, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) warned yesterday.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2011

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Council fined over theatre safety – BBC News

Posted October 10th, 2008 in fines, health & safety, news, theatre by sally

“A council has been fined a maximum £45,000 after a teacher fell down a lift shaft backstage at a theatre while preparing for the Urdd eisteddfod.”

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BBC News, 9th October 2008

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A disgusting feast of filth? – The Times

Posted September 18th, 2008 in freedom of expression, theatre by sally

“The theatre is a watchword for unfettered artistic licence. Or is it? Dramatists and producers still engage in battles with state censors — who can still determine what is fitting for public consumption. The official role of state censor, given to the Lord Chamberlain under the Licensing Act 1737, may well be dead — but censorship is alive and well in other guises.”

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The Times, 18th September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk