Complete Works Ushers in RSC Rethink???
Date: 14 September 2004
In addition to being “a glorious excuse for a knees-up in Stratford”, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works of Shakespeare Festival, which will open in April 2006, could herald some major changes for the company. Speaking at today’s press conference about 2005 programming (See Today’s News), RSC artistic director Michael Boyd described the year-long festival – in which professional and amateur companies from around the world will be invited to take part – as “a Trojan horse that we’re giving to ourselves … an opportunity to rethink the way we work”. Boyd said that the company was “already gearing up” for the event, to be funded partly through arts subsidy and partly through sponsorship. On the issue of fundraising, he joked any prospective corporations that “we’ll all wear their logos tattooed to our foreheads, we promise”.
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