Mark Rylance's resignation from Shakespeare's Globe surprised many in the arts world last autumn (See News, 15 Sep 2004), but the theatre has remained resolutely silent on the matter ever since. Now, as Rylance's tenth and final season gets underway at the open air landmark, it looks like an announcement about who will replace him as artistic director at the end of the year is imminent. And the name of that successor may also come as a surprise. In a Big Debate survey on Whatsonstage.com last year, theatregoers nominated ten actors and directors, many of whom had also been mooted as front-runners in the media: Declan Donnellan, Edward Hall, Gregory Doran, Kenneth Branagh, Mike Alfreds, Samuel West (since appointed to Sheffield Theatres, which he takes over from Michael Grandage next month), Steven Berkoff and Zoe Wanamaker (whose father, the late Sam Wanamaker, was the force behind the establishment of the theatre). However, Whatsonstage.com hears that the name now in the frame is none of those – but rather Dominic Dromgoole (See “20 Questions with Dominic Dromgoole”, Features, 6 Oct 2003), currently artistic director of touring outfit, the Oxford Stage Company. The son of other renowned director, Patrick Dromgoole, prior to Oxford Stage Company, which he joined in 1999, Dominic had positions as director of new plays for the Peter Hall Company and artistic director of London’s new writing powerhouse, the Bush Theatre. He is also an outspoken theatrical commentator. His first, 2000's The Full Room: An A-Z of Contemporary Playwriting, created shockwaves within the theatre industry for its frank critical assessments of many of the country's leading dramatists. Dromgoole’s West End credits include the current production of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me.