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24/04/02
Much Ado About Noble
- Uncertainty plagues the Royal Shakespeare Company

ADRIAN NOBLE is to leave the Royal Shakespeare Company next March. The artistic director will quit the company in the midst of radical restructuring, including job cuts and a plan to replace the Stratford-upon-Avon theatre with a theatre village.

"I've been weighing this up for some weeks now... it was a painful decision," said Noble. Despite his new found glory as director of the Palladium hit Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Noble made no reference to West End aspirations. He cited the pressures of press-talks and fund-raising as reasons to terminate his 22 year career with the RSC, which Noble joined as assistant director before reaching the top dog positions of artistic director and chief executive in 1992.

Noble's critics include the theatre workers' union, BECTU. Gerry Morrissey, assistant general secretary, said Noble had damaged the company brand and also members' jobs, and that BECTU would be urging the government to review the RSC's current artistic policy. "I have initiated some of the most revolutionary changes in the company's history ...but I've done what I have done to make this company thrive in the future," said Noble.



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