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Adrian Noble
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1135  Thursday, 25 April 2002

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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Apr 2002 20:21:29 +0100 (BST)
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From the Guardian (24 April 2002)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4400480,00.html

Adrian Noble to leave RSC

Imogen Tilden
Guardian Unlimited

Wednesday April 24, 2002

Adrian Noble, artistic director and chief executive of the Royal
Shakespeare Company, announced today that he will not be renewing his
contract when it expires at the end of March 2003.

"It has been an enormous privilege for me to lead this wonderful
organisation since 1991. After 22 years with the company it is now time
for me to seek new artistic challenges," he said.

Mr Noble has weathered considerable criticism over his controversial
plans to restructure the RSC and the building of a theatre village in
Stratford, and despite stating his intention to stay put, today's
announcement had been widely anticipated.

"The toughest elements of the renewal programme we announced last year
have now been delivered," said Mr Noble in a statement released today.

"The foundations of our new operating model and organisation are now in
place. We have maintained the repertoire ensemble as the heart of the
company while offering a much wider range of opportunity to actors at
all points in their career. We have a new relationship with the
Barbican. The first Academy company has been assembled. We have just
announced our second north American residency. We are actively
formulating our plans for the redevelopment of our Stratford theatres.

"Our changes have already released huge creativity.  The residency at
the Roundhouse is now under way and there are the excellent new
productions opening in Stratford and London this week".

Commenting on the announcement, Lord Alexander, chairman of the RSC's
board of governors said: "Adrian Noble has made an outstanding
contribution to the RSC over the last 22 years and in particular since
1991 when he became Artistic Director ... with the board, Adrian played
a crucial part in building the RSC's plans for renewal announced in May
last year. He is also heavily involved in our project to redevelop our
theatres in Stratford.

"We will continue work on both fronts to ensure that the RSC remains
attractive to artists and audiences and enjoys outstanding performance
spaces in its Stratford home. We look forward to building on these
ideas."

Noble will remain fully engaged at the RSC in the year leading up to his
departure. He is directing Pericles for the Roundhouse and Stratford and
will be reviving his own production of The Lion, the Witch and The
Wardrobe at Christmas, and in the spring he directs Ralph Fiennes in a
new production of Ibsen's Brand.

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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Apr 2002 20:30:18 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Adrian Noble (2)

For those who prefer the Times to the Guardian...

'RSC chief announces resignation'
by PA News

Adrian Noble, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) chief, is stepping
down from his position after more than a decade, it was announced today.

Noble - who is currently directing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a West End
production - said he was quitting as artistic director and chief
executive "to seek new artistic challenges". There has been disquiet in
recent months about reforms being undertaken at the RSC, including plans
to redevelop its base in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Noble - who began his association with the company when he became
assistant director in 1980 - will leave when his contract expires at the
end of March 2003.  Recently his tenure has come under criticism for
plans to demolish the RSC's theatre in Stratford and develop a 

 

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