Benedict Cumberbatch: Why we must defend public subsidy of the arts
I wanted to back Benedict's campaign on defending public subsidy of the arts. He has lent his face and his name to put behind the Equity Campaign and has spoken passionately about the need to promote and retain subsidised theatre and to open up theatre to new audiences. That is why he is appearing at the National for 3 months because he wants to get new and diverse audiences in to the National. Go Benedict!
Benedict speaking as a member of Equity at a TUC rally on 19 October 2010 against the government's proposed spending cuts to the arts.