• Shakespeare’s Globe - Michelle Terry is a Smart, Subversive Choice to Succeed Emma Rice

    July 24, 2017
    • Shakespeare’s Globe - Michelle Terry is a Smart, Subversive Choice to Succeed Emma Rice

    It has been a seesaw two years since Emma Rice was announced as the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in May 2015. It must feel like a lifetime ago for those at the South Bank venue.

    The theatre has swung from being widely trumpeted for making such a forward-looking appointment, to even more widespread condemnation after a messy – and public – divorce from Rice.

    Whatever the rights and wrongs of that argument, it is unquestionable that the Globe found itself in a tricky situation when it came to re-advertise for the role earlier this year. Would it be seen – as many claimed – as a poisoned chalice?

    I always thought this was rather overstated but there were still challenges. It would have been very difficult, for example, for a white, male director (especially one with traditional tastes) to be appointed following the purported whiff of sexism that accompanied the Rice decision.

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