Shakespeare’s Globe - Michelle Terry is a Smart, Subversive Choice to Succeed Emma RiceJuly 24, 2017
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.