Kevin Spacey has criticised BBC talent shows for unfairly promoting West End musicals at the expense of other productions.
The Hollywood star and artistic director of the Old Vic theatre criticised the BBC for programmes including the new series I'd Do Anything, a hunt for a new Nancy and Oliver Twist to star in theWest End revival of the musical Oliver!
Instead of giving free publicity to such musicals, he called on the BBC to bring back Play for Today, the television series that gave rise to Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party and Ken Loach's Cathy Come Home.
I'd Do Anything follows on from Any Dream Will Do, which was a search for the lead in the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? in which contestants vied to star as Maria in The Sound of Music.
Both musicals are produced by the Really Useful Group, owned by Andrew …