Emma Rice, the outgoing artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, has suggested that the theatre’s board disapproved of her because she has a working class background and only two A-levels.
Rice lasted two seasons in the job before announcing her departure. She had clashed with the board over her decision to break with tradition by introducing lighting rigs and amplified sound.
I went for that job too, but they didn’t go for my idea of having a sign-language productions.
Did she discuss her modernisation plans with the board when she interviewed for the job? “No, is the honest answer to that, but neither was I asked,” she said.
What sort of question would that be? “Do you have any plans to do the complete opposite of what this company is about?” Wouldn’t it be kind of taken as read that you don’t?