Dominic Dromgoole has criticised international subsidy of the RSC, while Rupert Everett and Colin Firth have been in reflective mood
Manchester International Festival announces the first three shows for the 2015 Festival, the fifth edition of the world's only biennial of new commissions and special events.
The MIF hit wins three awards and Cush Jumbo wins Best Actress for A Doll's House at the Royal Exchange in a celebration of Manchester's arts scene.
Manchester International Festival's production of Macbeth earns four nominations.
In a recent interview the Silence of the Lambs star revealed Branagh has been offered the role