ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EMMA RICE TO LEAVE LONDON'S GLOBE THEATRE
Oct 25, 2016
By Michael Kramer
The first woman to become artistic director of the famous Globe Theatre in London is leaving – after its board decided her methods were not “authentic” enough.
Emma Rice will depart in April 2018 – after taking up the position in April of this year.
Rice received widespread praise for her innovative approach to the Globe space – especially in terms of sound and lighting – but it appears the Globe board hopes to return the theatre to the way it was before Rice joined – despite her success.
CEO Neil Constable praised her work but says the board has decided that programming should be structured around more traditional “shared light” productions – where the actors can see the audience – just like in Shakespeare’s day.