August 29, 2013
Looking for a refreshing change from alfresco Shakespeare? Then you might want to consider a trip to San Diego's Old Globe "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" by Tom Stoppard, in which "Hamlet" is glimpsed through the oblique perspective of the prince's twin buddies, sent to spy on him by Gertrude and Claudius in that Elsinore castle of murder, adultery and occult intrigue. Thanks to Adrian Noble, the departing artistic director of the Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival, this madcap caper is enjoying a sprightly revival.
July 11, 2012 |
There are as many ways to reanimate Shakespeare onstage as there are methods of interpreting him on the page. Adrian Noble, artistic director of the Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival and the former artistic director and chief executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company, seems to favor directorial strategies of a holistic nature. Which is to say that there are no distracting concepts imposed on his production of "As You Like It" or Lindsay Posner's staging of "Richard III," the two Shakespeare offerings in the Old Globe's annual outdoor festival.
April 30, 2002 |
Last month, a British national newspaper carried a provocative article about the dissent and deep-seated policy differences tearing apart the Royal Shakespeare Company. The headline on the article, from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," read: "Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be!" The phrase seemed to have the ring of prophecy last week as Adrian Noble, RSC's artistic director for the last 12 years, announced his resignation, thus sending the company into turmoil.
July 4, 2011 |
— Conjuring up a brave new world out of magic isn't for amateurs or, as we say today, Muggles. That applies not only to practicing wizards like Prospero in Shakespeare's "The Tempest," but to stage directors in charge of creating theatrical legerdemain that will enthrall an audience and illuminate a 400-year-old text. In his dreamy, elegant production of Shakespeare's storm-tossed romance at the Old Globe, director Adrian Noble pulls a number of clever ideas out of his hat: introducing Japanese-style bunraku puppets; refashioning several of the play's verse-chants as songs that vaguely evoke British New Wave electronic pop. ("Coming up next on MTV we've got Ariel and the Ethereals with their fab new hit, 'Full Fathom Five!
February 15, 1990 |
Noble Gets the Nod: Adrian Noble, the 39-year-old director whose credits range from Shakespeare to Cole Porter, was named the next artistic director of Great Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company on Wednesday. Noble will assume his post April 1 as artistic director-elect. He takes over fully in July, 1991, when current artistic director Terry Hands steps down after 25 years with the company.
October 1, 2003 |
Judi Dench returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company in December as part of the troupe's ambitious new season under artistic director Michael Boyd. Dench, the classical theater actress who in recent years has become a film star, will start performances Dec. 3 in Stratford, England, in "All's Well That Ends Well," one of the less frequently seen Shakespeare plays.