A nice email to receive from Shakespeare's Globe this morning:
We are thrilled to announce that Michelle Terry will be Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe from April 2018.
An Olivier Award-winning actor and writer, Michelle is well-known to the Globe’s stage, having starred as Rosalind in As You Like It (2015), as Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013) and as the Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost (2007). She also directed Richard III, King John and As You Like It for The Complete Walk (2016), a series of short films created as part of the Globe’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
I absolutely loved her as the Princess, and was really disappointed that the Globe didn't film her AYLI
, because I really wanted to see her as Rosalind. She was also great as Rosaline in LLL
at the RSC, and a lovely Helena in the National Theatre's All's Well
, although I had some quibbles with the production. (I loved the idea
of the fairy-tale concept, but felt that the fairy-tale aspects were mostly a gloss on the top - a red cloak here, a wolf shadow there - rather than worked fully into the deep structures of the production. Don't ask me how one would do such a thing, though.) I suppose she hasn't done much directing (had Mark Rylance done any, before he was artistic director? I genuinely haven't any idea), but unlike some artistic directors, she does seem to enjoy Shakespeare, so that's a plus… and she's clearly familiar with the space, which can only help.
…Also, being me, this bit at the very bottom made me smile: "The panel formed to recruit the Artistic Director Designate comprised: Neil Constable, Louise Jury, Claire van Kampen, Philip Kirkpatrick, Jamie Parker
, Emma Stenning and Jenny Topper." :)