While somewhat vague about his plans at last week's press conference to announce his appointment See {News, 25 Jul 02), the RSC's new artistic director-designate Michael Boyd was a good bit more forthcoming in an interview in yesterday's Sunday Times. He revealed plans to sex up his Shakespeare ("a very horny writer") by luring screen stars such as Nicole Kidman onto the RSC stage in shorter runs for more money - while also enticing new talent to Stratford by churning out big-budget film productions. In the interview with Jasper Gerard, Boyd suggested that he's in favour of following through with his predecessor Adrian Noble's controversial proposal to demolish Stratford's Grade II-listed Royal Shakespeare Theatre as he'd like to replace it with "a vast barn, that could be opened up into a large theatre or it could be quickly transformed into a film production facility." On the other hand, Boyd appeared eager to reverse Noble's decision to forego a permanent London home. Though he's happy to be rid of the Barbican, which the RSC quit in May, Boyd would like to settle down somewhere in the capital, possibly at the Roundhouse in Camden, which, despite delivering disappointing box office figures for the just-ended RSC promenade season, he considers an appropriately "buzzy place" for the company. The director also reiterated his intention to rebuild a core RSC ensemble and to stage fewer, longer rehearsed productions. And, in surprisingly candid language, Boyd confirmed that he's undaunted taking over the RSC in its current troubled state. "When you come into a place, there is always a turd in the pool," was his assessment of a job that's obviously "not a piece of piss".