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Associate Actors Take Charge at the Almeida???

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Michael Attenborough also revealed his unique infrastructure plans to the Sunday Times. While many artistic directors appoint associate directors to help with a theatre’s programming, Attenborough is looking to the onstage talent itself for advice. As part of his vision of making the Almeida “an actor’s theatre”, he’ll appoint four actors as his associates. No names have yet been announced, but it surely wouldn’t be a surprise to find Antony Sher amongst them. Sher’s name - in conjunction with his partner, the RSC director Gregory Doran - was previously thrown into the pot of potential leaders for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s top job (which eventually went to Michael Boyd). His first play, I.D., in which he’ll star, already features in Attenborough’s inaugural Almeida season (See Today’s News). Although a team of actor-advisors may be new, the idea of an actor steering the Almeida isn’t, of course. Attenborough took over from the ultimate “dream team” of director Jonathan Kent and actor Ian McDiarmid, who himself appeared in many Almeida productions. Another tradition Attenborough seems set to continue in his own way is premiering new works by the American playwright Neil Labute. He’s just returned from negotiations in New York towards that end.

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