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Diary: David Hare and the right royal ruckus

David Hare. Photo: Johan Persson David Hare. Photo: Johan Persson
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Next time you have a run in with someone at work, remember that it happens to the best of us at some point in our lives.

Take David Hare, for example. When he was a young literary manager for the Royal Court in London, working under artistic director William Gaskill, the two didn’t always see eye to eye. The “arguments that were happening industrially and politically” were reflected in culture, Hare recalls. Theatres were, he says, “set against each other in a sort of moral sense”.

He remembers how this impacted on the relationship between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court. So much so that when Hare, as part of his duties, went to see a show at the RSC, Gaskill put his foot down when he came to claim his expenses.

“He refused my claim,” Hare recalls. “It was for three and sixpence. But he said to me: ‘If you want to go and see the work of that disgusting, immoral company, you can do it with your own money and on your own time. I am not paying for you to go to the RSC.’” Ouch.

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