Shakespeare’s Globe confirms new artistic director
1 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Emma Rice is an award-winning producer and director
Shakespeare’s Globe has revealed Emma Rice will be its third artistic director, taking over from Dominic Dromgoole when he leaves in April 2016.
Rice, who is currently joint artistic director of the Kneehigh theatre company, based in Cornwall, said she was “delighted and honoured”.
“I take custody of this incredible organisation with an open heart, fierce passion and excited mind,” said Rice.
Both Dromgoole and original director Mark Rylance spent a decade in the job.
Rice said she was “mindful of the extraordinary artists I follow” at the open-air theatre, which opened on London’s South Bank in 1997.
“Open to the elements, and to its audience, this unique and important space demands theatre that brims with passion, joy and humanity,” said Rice.
‘Boldness and adventure’
Dromgoole, who took over from Rylance as artistic director in 2006, called it an “excellent appointment in keeping with the Globe’s traditions of boldness and adventure.”
“Over many years, Emma has created at Kneehigh a body of work that shares the same principles of imagination, populism, wit and passion that have always been central to the Globe,” he said.
“Kneehigh have also pulled off the same happy trick of a fierce local attachment in Cornwall and a broad international reach, which is so important to the Globe, in Southwark and everywhere.
“I am sure that Emma will be a great complement to the Globe’s heterodox traditions, and also a major surprise.”
Shakespeare’s Globe is a full-scale recreation of an Elizabethan playhouse
Source:: BBC Entertainment