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03/05/02
Barbican Loses Its Bite
- International Theatre Festival postponed

THE TURBULENCE dogging the Royal Shakespeare Company continues to plague the Barbican. Artistic director Adrian Noble's untimely departure from the company has forced productions at the company's former Barbican base behind schedule.

As a result of Noble's ambitious plans to relocate the RSC - the company will leave the Barbican on May 11 - the Barbican International Theatre Event will be pushed back to later this year.

Prior to Noble's plans to revamp the RSC , BITE went from strength to strength. The Barbican International Theatre Event began in 1997 as a result of the RSCís halving of its long-standing annual residency and soon earned a reputation as London's top programmer of theatrical imports.

Barbican managing director John Tusa has vowed that soon the Barbican will become a year round venue for international theatre. Mean time the RSC's one-off West End season kicks off with a summer double bill of Anthony and Cleopatra and Much Ado About Nothing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.



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