Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole confirmed that his theatre will not be taking part in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works festival, a year-long celebration of the bard which launches in Stratford-upon-Avon in April (See The Goss, 10 Jan 2006). Speaking at today’s press conference to announce his first season in the job (See Today’s News), he praised the festival as a “terrific idea… a great return to the chutzpah and arrogance of the RSC in years gone by”, but said he did not think it appropriate that the Globe take part, despite the involvement of a multitude of other companies from around the country and the world. The two organisations should, he said, retain distinct and separate identities. “Mark (Rylance, Dromgoole’s predecessor) put some clear blue water between the Globe and the RSC and I think that is a good idea.”