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Emma Rice appointed artistic director at Shakespeare’s Globe

Emma Rice has been appointed artistic director at Shakespeare's Globe. Steve Tanner Emma Rice, new artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe. Photo: Steve Tanner
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Shakespeare’s Globe has appointed Emma Rice as its new artistic director.

Rice, currently joint artistic director of theatre company Kneehigh, replaces Dominic Dromgoole, who announced in 2013 that he would be stepping down in April 2016.

She becomes the third artistic director at the South Bank venue, and its first female one.

Rice said she would take custody of the theatre “with an open heart, fierce passion and excited mind”.

“Open to the elements, and to its audience, this unique and important space demands theatre that brims with passion, joy and humanity,” she said.

Globe chief executive Neil Constable praised Rice’s “spirit and energy, her love of Shakespeare and her wholehearted and passionate response to the Globe’s architecture and audiences”, which he said made her a “worthy candidate in what has been a widely sought-after role”.

He added: “I have no doubt she will bring all these qualities to the Globe and build on the considerable achievements of Dominic Dromgoole. I can think of no one better placed to take on the Globe, and I look forward to working with her at what continues to be a particularly exciting time in the Globe’s history.”

Rice joined Kneehigh as a performer in 1994, directing her first show for it in 1999. She became artistic director in 2005 and joint artistic director in 2012.

At Kneehigh she has directed productions such as A Matter of Life and Death, which was a co-production with the National Theatre, and The Red Shoes. Rice is currently adapting Michael Morpurgo’s The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, and her production of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is touring the UK.

Read The Stage’s interview with Rice here.

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