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|RSC to Quit the Barbican
- Adrian Noble looks to Stratford and West End
RSC DIRECTOR Adrian Noble has announced the company's decision to quit their Barbican base by the end of the year. The move is one of a series of policy changes designed to popularise the Bard for artists and theatregoers alike.
"Investing in the RSC means investing in a theatrical future," says Ralph Fiennes, one of many British actors wooed by Noble's promise of new shorter one-show contracts. Noble also plans to offer a one-year post graduate course in classical acting where the emphasis will be on actors' ability to speak verse and to project.
The rest of the UKP50 million bestowed upon the RSC by the Arts Council will be used to develop its Stratford base and to transfer as many shows as possible to the West End. The plan marks a return to the 1960s when the company was based in the Aldwych - the very venue where the RSC's only current West End transfer, The Secret Garden, continues to play.