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From ‘s article in The Guardian, 1st May 2015:

Rice will follow Mark Rylance and Dominic Dromgoole in top job at the theatre when she takes over in April 2016

The job description demanded “visionary and charismatic leadership”, the ability to “command respect and loyalty”, the confidence to take risks and – oh yes – “a knowledge and love of the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries”.

Four months after the role was advertised, Emma Rice has been named as the next artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

Rice, who is currently…

FULL ARTICLE:  Shakespeare’s Globe appoints Emma Rice as new artistic director | Stage | The Guardian.

Photograph: Linda Nylind - Emma Rice in 2012

‘I will take custody of this incredible organisation with an open heart, fierce passion and excited mind’  Photograph: Linda Nylind – Emma Rice in 2012

 

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David Tennant in RSC’s Richard II – what do you think? You can watch, learn and add your comments on this site…

Video – RSC Richard II production with David Tennant | Players-Shakespeare.com

David Tennant as Richard II - image links to production photos: http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/richard-ii/production-photos.aspx

David Tennant as Richard II – image links to production photos

 

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A look at Peter Brook, including fascinating links to an article by him, production footage of his revolutionary A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a podcast interview with the man himself…

Peter Brook: from enfant terrible to grand old man of the theatre | The Shakespeare blog

Peter Brook - The Shakespeare Blog

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There are important discussions ongoing at the moment regarding culture/the arts and state economics; here is one article that also links through to a piece by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr of the National Theatre:

Shakespeare and the case for subsidy | The Shakespeare blog

Pippa Nixon and Alex Waldmann in the RSC’s As You Like It. Photo by Keith Pattison

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Some very fine words indeed, including …

The actors I value most are those who speak Shakespeare as if it is their first language. They are aware of the rhetorical and rhythmic substructure of the text, but have no wish to reveal it for its own sake.

via Nicholas Hytner: With Shakespeare, the play is just a starting point | Culture | The Guardian.

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Yes: “Ownership of the words is the key” – how often I say this!

Very interesting account of Attenborough’s views, as expressed recently to The Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon…

Michael Attenborough and Shakespeare | The Shakespeare blog

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Here’s talk about gender-blind casting (characters can be played by male or female performers, regardless of their original gender) and of a 50/50 split on casting re. gender (half of each cast should be women, as opposed to the predominantly male casting that is current)…

Women in the theatre: what next after Julius Caesar? | The Shakespeare blog

symbols - male female joint diagonal

I saw the King John mentioned and Pippa Nixon, playing The Bastard (conflated with Hubert), was brilliant (and I don’t just say that because we were drama students together – believe me, if I were not impressed, I wouldn’t mention her)! In King John, cross-gender casting worked very well indeed – and it was great to see Paola Dionisotti as Cardinal Pandulph, with her strong presence and command of the stage and the language.

What do you think?

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