QUOTE(Jan Brock @ Apr 10 2007, 08:47 AM)
So, the result was this: in the year-long complete works festival, of those productions staged by the RSC, the same number transferred to USA as transferred to London. The Arts Council needs to look at this and adjust their subsidy accordingly.
Just out of curiosity; how big a percentage of the RSC's budget comes from the Arts Council? I can't believe that it's a huge percentage of their money, nor can it be for the NT, judging by their ticket prices. You often have to pay over 40 pounds for a good ticket at both those companies, and I know of several government subsidized theatres abroad where the top ticket prices are typically no more than 20 or 22 pounds. If the grant isn't their main source of income I wonder what sort of demands the Arts Council can really make.
Speaking about the RSC, just what are they planning for the next London season? And when will that be? There's nothing about it on the RSC site, nothing on the Delfont Mackintosh site and no word on this anywhere. Does anybody know? Lear is scheduled to play Stratford and then tour until the end of October, so that's not coming to London anytime soon; the Penelopiad doesn't open in Stratford until late July, and it's anybody’s guess if that will be transferred; the production of Midsummer Night's Dream at the Swan is a visiting one, so cross that one out; Macbett sounds like an outside bet for transferring; Richard II might be a possibility, but doesn't open until July, so who knows. If they're not transferring Coriolanus, then what are they planning to bring to London? Or is there just going to be a long RSC absence from there?