Rupert Goold New Ad Of The Almeida
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:32 AM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:24 AM
I suspect Hytner will announce his departure in 2014 once the Dorfman is reopened. With Goold going to the Almeida, it makes the race for the NT AD more interesting.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:36 AM
Nicholas Hytner said on BBC Radio 4's Front Row a couple of weeks ago that his replacement process will have begun by the time of next January's NT press conference.. I think there's a danger of the NT becoming less interesting because it seems to me that its narrow policy of churning out a series of productions for its three peculiar theatres will be increasingly overshadowed by, for example, Michael Grandage's current West End programme, Nicholas Hytner's own promised West End programme, Rupert Goold's Almeida programme which pledges "to welcom(e) the best artists from here and abroad" and Vicky Featherstone's Royal Court which one imagines will be more inclusively programmed and outward looking. The NT is both blessed and constrained by its building and, for me, it risks being outperformed by its neighbours who allow themselves more freedom and flexibility. The "quality" is there but the "spark" is elsewhere.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:52 AM
Why shouldn't it pander to its local audience ?
Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:21 PM
Why do you think the local audience want dreary revivals and safe plays? Surely they want sparky and exciting revivals directed by great directors starring great actors and bold plays which will make the place headline news again.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:44 AM
His point really was merely to sneer at Islington residents. He no-doubt thinks it is OK for (for example) the Theatre Royal Stratford East to "be relevant to" its local audience to the extent that I haven't been there for about 25 years, but that does not apply when the local audience is white/middle-class/rich.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:58 AM
Incidentally, just on mentioning the Theatre Royal Stratford East, I used to live in E15 so it was my local, and I hadn't been back for years until I saw Glasgow Girls there last week (National Theatre for Scotland production). Great show, great connection to the audience, not perfect by any means but the most fun I've had in a theatre for ages...
Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:02 PM
Goold is almost sure to be better but it is not an obvious theatre for him to take on - he is a very flashy director and likes staging tricks and surprises and using stage machinery, it will be interesting to see how he manages when all he has is some actors and a stage.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:40 PM
Yeah, that's not a rumour, it's definitely happening later this year
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