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RSC ‘disappointed’ at loss of ‘vital force’ Emma Rice from Globe

Gregory Doran. Photo: RSC/Ellie Kurttz Gregory Doran. Photo: RSC/Ellie Kurttz
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Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran has said he is “dismayed and disappointed” at the announcement of Emma Rice’s departure from Shakespeare’s Globe.

In a joint statement with RSC executive director Catherine Mallyon and deputy artistic director Erica Whyman, Doran also expressed sadness that Rice’s vision as artistic director of the theatre has not been given the “time and support” it needs.

Rice announced today that she will stand down from her post of artistic director following the 2017/18 season, leaving in April 2018. She joined the theatre in April this year.

“We are dismayed and disappointed to hear the news of Emma Rice’s departure from Shakespeare’s Globe. Emma is a vital force in British theatre and we have found her artistic programme, her productions and her spirit to be genuinely innovative and wonderfully refreshing. She has been a long-time collaborator with the RSC and is a bold, thoughtful and generous theatre artist who has always placed the audience at the heart of her work,” the statement said.

“It is a great shame that her energy and thrilling new approach will now not be given the time and support it takes for any new artistic direction to be fully realised and understood. We look forward very much to working with Emma again in the future,” it added.