The big news of the week is that The Globe Theatre have appointed a new artistic director, Emma Rice, to replace Dominic Dromgoole, who leaves in April 2016.
Dominic Dromgoole has done an amazing job, taking over from Mark Rylance, the first artistic director of The Globe. Both Dominic and Mark will have done ten years in the job by the time Dominic leaves. If you look at our Globe Player Help page, with its reviews of Globe productions, you’ll find that all of his productions have consistently high ratings from our reviewers.
But now it’s time for a new artistic director to take on the now 20 year history of superb performances at The Globe. Emma Rice is currently joint artistic director of the Kneehigh theatre company, based in Cornwall. Cornwall is a long way from Edinburgh so I’ve never come across her work, but perhaps Dominic Dromgoole can speak for her:
“Over many years, Emma has created at Kneehigh a body of work that shares the same principles of imagination, populism, wit and passion that have always been central to the Globe,” he said.
“Kneehigh have also pulled off the same happy trick of a fierce local attachment in Cornwall and a broad international reach, which is so important to the Globe, in Southwark and everywhere.
“I am sure that Emma will be a great complement to the Globe’s heterodox traditions, and also a major surprise.”
We look forward to seeing how she continues the Globe’s traditions, and to a few surprises.
Thank you, Dominic, for the excellent productions you’ve given us, and welcome and good luck to Emma.
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