Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Mary Young

  In case you missed Michael Pennington's "Guardian" article concerning the future of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, I enclose a copy (not printed: The Guardian 16 January 2002). You will realise how distressed many, many people around the world will be at the loss of this internationally famous listed building. Michael Reardon, the architect of the Swan Theatre and of The Other Place, has expressed the opinion that the main house, described by him as "a handsome building", should be preserved, and that it can certainly be adopted to meet the changes needs of the RSC.

  The idea of the academy, to supplement the teaching now provided by drama schools, is surely to be welcomed, but the majority of Adrian Noble's plans for the future strike very many people as grandiose and inappropriate.

17 February 2002

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