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|Walk-Outs Afoot for the RSC
- Edward Hall leaves, Noble 'pissed off'
EDWARD HALL has walked out on the Royal Shakespeare Company amidst rehearsals for a new production . The young director, recently honoured with a South Bank Show award for his work at the RSC, looks set to direct his next production at the National Theatre instead.
The departure of Peter Hall's son from the company his father set up is just one of a series of recent blows dealt to the RSC's artistic director, Adrian Noble. Another young director, David Hunt, is leaving the company and Noble himself has been busy in the West End directing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Mean time, plans for a new theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, shorter actor contracts and the closure of the Barbican base have attracted much criticism from those who fear the collapse of the Royal Shakespeare Company. "I am pissed off at what is being written. I am running the company. I make all the key decisions about the company and support the actors," says Noble.