The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2023 Monday, 7 October 2002
Date: Sunday, 6 Oct 2002 12:29:32 +0100 (BST)
Subject: "Barbican to stage the Bard - without RSC"
[From The Guardian (3 October 2002)]
"Barbican to stage the Bard - without RSC"
London centre plans to set up its own producing company
Fiachra Gibbons, arts correspondent
As Shylock said in The Merchant of Venice: "If you prick us do we not
bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die?
And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"
Just when the Royal Shakespeare Company thought things could get no
worse, the Barbican Centre is about to extract its pound of flesh from
the company in the most chilling manner possible.
Having in the past year lost an artistic director, audiences, and, some
say, its way, the troubled company was hit with the sucker blow last
The Barbican, the long-time London home that the company quit in March
for the glamour of the West End, is to stage rival Shakespeare
productions with the