Well this came as quite the surprise: there was no favourite to be the new Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director, but even as a dark horse surely nobody had put their money on Emma Rice, who has just been announced as the successor to Dominic Dromgoole and Mark Rylance, taking over next year.That’s mostly because nobody ever thought she’d part ways with her troupe of Cornish eccentrics Kneehigh, the theatre company that’s brought so much skewiff joy to London over the last couple of decades, from ‘The Red Shoes’ and ‘Tristan & Yseult’ to their unforgettable West End run of ‘Brief Encounter’.
There’s also the little matter of her having directed barely any Shakespeare: a wildly iconoclastic take on ‘Cymbeline’ for the RSC a decade ago is about the extent of it.
But her big, bold, gently eccentric style is perfect for the Globe’s huge main space, and she’s very much in the tradition of the slightly eccentric folk who have ran the Globe thus far.
Cornwall’s loss looks likely to be London’s gain.
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