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Adrian Noble Announces RSC Restructuring
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1254  Monday, 28 May 2001

From:           Ann Carrigan <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 May 2001 10:29:04 EDT
Subject:        Adrian Noble Announces RSC Restructuring

This morning my Email of headlines from the New York Times contained the
following:

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/26/arts/26SHAK.html

<<LONDON -- Adrian Noble, artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare
Company, announced on Thursday here that it would dismantle its
permanent company of actors and abandon its London base at the Barbican
Center to attract bigger stars and present more productions in the
showier West End.

The move is just one of many in what Mr. Noble said would be a major
yearlong
reorganization of the 41- year-old company...>>

I usually skim the Guardian online too, but hadn't seen the flurry of
related articles that's popped up in the past 48 hours:

In a world of dazzle, beware a lost identity
May 25 2001
Michael Billington

Adrian Noble's radical restructuring of the RSC is born of pragmatic
necessity: if star actors are often reluctant to commit to a two-year
contract, then it makes absolute sense to offer them straight runs and
shorter engagements.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4192547,00.html

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Dramatic changes afoot as RSC looks to the stars
May 25 2001
Fiachra Gibbons Arts correspondent

Even the Bard had star trouble. While the London, and even the Sheffield
stage has been thick with high-octane Hollywood talent of late, very few
limos have being drawing up outside the stage door of the unglamorous
and unloved redbrick Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4192548,00.html
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RSC abandons its roots to lure stars
May 25 2001
Fiachra Gibbons, arts correspondent

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to turn its back on its history by
scrapping its permanent company of actors and abandoning its London home
at the Barbican.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4192550,00.html
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RSC director defends changes
May 26 2001
Fiachra Gibbons, arts correspondent

The Royal Shakespeare Company is in danger of crumbling under the weight
of its traditions if a "little Semtex is not put under it", one of its
most distinguished directors claimed yesterday.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4193239,00.html

I haven't quite digested all of this, but it seems to be making a big
ruckus. Just passing it along (assuming there will be fifteen posts on
the subject by Monday).

Peace and joy,
Ann Carrigan

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