Lloyd Webber: Theatreland must ‘stop wringing its hands and pay for drama diversity’

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Impresario appeals for cash to support the training of young actors from the poorest backgrounds

Andrew Lloyd Webber is calling for wealthy individuals from the worlds of theatre, film and television to support the training of young actors from the poorest backgrounds through a far greater investment in scholarships.

His plea comes on the eve of a report to be launched on Monday by his philanthropic foundation that will lay bare the lack of diversity in drama schools and how this loss inevitably leads to a disproportionate number of white actors being given lead stage and screen roles.

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