Stars warn of Government cuts to the Arts

David TennantActors of the stage, television and film have put their name to a letter published in The Observer warning about the impacts of cuts to the arts. Amongst those to sign the letter are David Tennant, Miranda Hart and Jo Brand.

David TennantThe government’s track record on arts funding is once again under the spot light. A wide range of British actors have put their name to a letter published in today’s Observer warning about the impact of cuts on the arts. Local councils are cutting their arts funding as they seek ways to make massive savings in light of lower government funding. At a national level the Government has scrapped the UK Film Council to widespread protest and have also cut funding for the Arts Council England.

“Before the last election the government promised to usher in a ‘golden age’ for the arts.  The reality couldn’t be further from this… We are currently facing the biggest threat to funding the arts and culture have experienced in decades.” – Extract from the letter

Amongst those who have signed the letter are leading names of the British establishment such as Dame Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons and Simon Callow along with Kenneth Branagh, David Tennant, Jo Brand and Miranda Hart. In the run up to the General Election last year a large number of actors signed a letter defending the BBC in wake of Tory criticisms. The letter was signed by over 100 actors amongst them David Tennant, Meera Syal, Hugh Bonneville and Catherine Tate.