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05 March 2016 @ 05:20 pm
in other Guardian Shakespeare news  

Every time I read anything about Emma Rice in the Guardian, it worries me still further:

Rice’s appointment at the Globe, succeeding Dominic Dromgoole, raised eyebrows in some quarters, especially since she cheerfully admits to not having read many of his plays. Her job, she said recently, was to allow artists to tell great stories in an exciting way. “I bring story, I bring humanity, I bring event and I bring wonder.”


Well, that's all very nice, dear, but doing good Shakespeare does actually require being willing to spend the kind of time with the language that makes it worth doing Shakespeare, and not just a modern retelling of Shakespeare. I'm all for "wonder," but I keep thinking, is she ever going to say anything that suggests she cares about the text?