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|Something Rotten in the State of the RSC
- Strike set to hit Hall's Trojan War epic
EMPLOYEES working shifts of up to 18 hours have gone on strike at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The action impacts on the company's forthcoming production of Tantalus.
Directed by the acclaimed Peter Hall, this ambitious retelling of the Trojan War aims to update the company's old-fashioned image. Artistic director Adrian Noble is concerned that, due to the strike, after fifteen years writing and six months rehearsing, the 10 hour epic must now be amended.
Another blow to the company is its failure to receive a single Olivier Award nomination this year. Mean time the RSC's rivals at the Royal National Theatre have picked up an impressive 22 nominations, including Julie Walters' performance in All My Sons at the Cottesloe and Simon Russell Beale's Hamlet at the Lyttelton.
Having recently announced their biggest annual regional programme ever, company policies at the Royal Shakespeare Company look ripe for a rethink.