Michelle Terry has spoken about the challenges of taking over Shakespeare’s Globe when it had been left “bruised” by the controversy surrounding Emma Rice’s departure.
The Globe artistic director, who has been in the post since early 2018, acknowledged the difficulties of becoming the theatre’s leader so soon after Rice’s falling out with the board.
In an interview with The Stage, Terry said: “The big learning curve was understanding my place as artistic director in the organisation, at a point when it was bruised and people needed healing. It was traumatic.”
She has previously credited Rice as being “the best thing that ever happened to the Globe” because of the re-examination the situation encouraged.
Rice announced her departure just six months after taking over, following a row over her use of artificial sound and lighting in the theatre’s productions.
“We’re still in the renewal phase of figuring out who, how and why we are,” Terry said.
She said she hoped the theatre’s audience still recognised the work as radical, despite experiencing “quite a rough ride with different artistic directors over a short space of time”.
“It’s still radical. Theatre should be provocative but nothing we’re trying to do is antagonistic. I hope it’s liberating,” Terry said.
She also spoke about her artistic ambitions for the theatre, which include a less hierarchical approach to creating work, led by an ensemble model, and moving away from literal casting.
Read the full interview here: