It's been reported elsewhere that the long-touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat would be transferring to the West End's New London theatre, while a new musical fashioned around the songs of Rod Stewart has also been mooted for the former home of Cats, owned by Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres. But rumours are now coming full circle, with several newspapers suggesting that talks are now advanced to make the New London the new London home for the Royal Shakespeare Company, itinerant – and, many believe, dangerously so - in the capital since its withdrawal from the Barbican Centre last year (See The Goss, 14 May 2002). RSC management seemed to regret the decision to leave the Barbican almost before they'd gone. Incoming artistic director Michael Boyd wasted no time in retreating from the consequences of his predecessor Adrian Noble's actions, saying as early as his appointment press conference in July 2002 that he'd like to settle down again (see News, 25 Jul 2002), while RSC chairman Lord Alexander said in the company's annual report last month, "It is important for our audiences in London to know where the RSC can regularly be found" (See News, 4 Dec 2002). An announcement could be made very shortly indeed. Current New London resident, the South African song and dance extravaganza Umoja, closes on 8 February 2003. Meanwhile, the Old Vic - which was also on the shortlist of possible RSC London residences and is itself rich in historical Shakespearean performances - looks to be setting itself up as an alternative home for the bard in the capital in the RSC's absence. Currently housing Derek Jacobi in Michael Grandage's Sheffield production of The Tempest, it will welcome Timothy West's English Touring Theatre King Lear in March (See Today's News).