`Reign of terror' ended at Barbican
A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Saturday 12 November 1994
She was in effect ousted by the Centre's landlord, the City of London Corporation. Some Barbican staff had accused her of instituting a ``reign of terror'', including the use of redundancies, at the London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company and London Symphony Orchestra.
The City Corporation had been impressed enough by her control of the centre's finances and increases in audience figures to extend her contract, due to end next month, by three years.
However, this week a special private meeting of the City's Barbican Committee heard that key figures including the heads of the LSO and RSC had lost confidence in Lady O'Cathain, and the committee decided to give her fully paid leave of absence ``with an indefinite timescale''. If it runs the length of her contract, as extended by the City, it could last until the end of 1997.
The 56-year-old peeress, ennobled by John Major, was not making any comment yesterday, but Barbican sources say she was deeply upset.
Bernard Harty, Chamberlain of London and financial director of the Corporation, is to become managing director until a successor is found.
The classical music promoter Raymond Gubbay was one of those whose views on Lady O'Cathain were sought by the City. He said: ``This is extremely sad but inevitable.''
Rise and fall, page 3
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage
Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour
Much-loved cartoon character returns - without Sir David Jason
Actress to appear in second series of the hugely popular crime drama
- 2 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 3 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
- 4 Scottish independence: Andy Murray backs Yes campaign in eleventh hour decision
- 5 Have you heard about the film Singapore has banned its people from watching? Well, you have now
Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
Scottish independence referendum live: Latest news as Scotland votes Yes or No
Scottish independence: Final opinion polls show undecided voters could swing result either way
Scottish independence: Almost half of No voters have felt 'personally threatened' by the Yes campaign
Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Unpaid Voluntary Position : Reach Volunteering: Promising volunteer Trustee op...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...
£110 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Reading: Physics Teacher required for ...
£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you looking for a full...