|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Thursday, December 9, 2021
|UK's Royal Shakespeare Company names first female head|
RSC appoints new Chair, Shriti Vadera: April 2021. Photo by Sam Allard, Fisher Studios © RSC.
LONDON (AFP).- Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) on Wednesday announced Shriti Vadera as its new chair, the first female and person of colour to lead the prestigious theatre firm.
Vadera, a Uganda-born former investment banker, will take the helm at the RSC in August, after more than a year of intermittent coronavirus restrictions have left many theatre and other arts organisations reeling.
Based in Stratford-upon-Avon in central England -- Shakespeare's birthplace -- it was founded in the 1960s but traces its history back to the 19th century through performances in the town.
As well as producing plays by the celebrated 16th century playwright, the company also presents works by Shakespeare's contemporaries and modern writers.
Vadera said she had imagined Shakespeare in Uganda and India where she grew up, with the plays "giving me the courage to aspire to possibilities that transformed my life".
She added she was "excited to be supporting and championing" the RSC, as it "emerges from one of its most difficult years, responding to the global pandemic".
After fleeing Uganda with her family following the expulsion of Asian minority communities in the 1970s, Vadera went on to hold a number leadership roles in large multinational companies.
She served as a development under-secretary in former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government and was appointed to the House of Lords in 2007
Nigel Hugill, the RSC's outgoing chair who led the company for a decade, said his replacement "believes strongly in the company's teaching" and called her a "marvellous choice".
Performance venues in Britain -- one of the countries worst impacted by the global health crisis, with over 127,000 deaths -- have been hit hard by months of coronavirus restrictions.
Under government plans to reopen the economy, small productions with limited numbers attending under social distancing guidelines will be allowed from May 17.
However, most performances are not expected to resume until limits on social contact are lifted, a measure expected to take place on June 21.
© Agence France-Presse
April 29, 2021
As auctioneers and artists rush into NFTs, many collectors stay away
Marie-Josée Kravis to replace Leon Black as MoMA Chair
Giacometti's iconic Homme Qui Chavire will highlight 20th and 21st Century Evening Sale in London
Samsung heirs to pay billions in tax, donate Monet, Picasso works
Records for Joseph Delaney, Howardena Pindell, Winfred Rembert, Betye Saar & more at Swann
'Homeless' by Bryan Adams exhibited in the UK for the first time at Atlas Gallery
Rare Picasso portrait of Françoise Gilot comes to market for first time in 35 years
Taschen publishes an immersive book scaled to Gio Ponti's kaleidoscopic universe
Morphy's May 11-15 auction combines collectors' favorite categories, from coin-ops to petroliana
Phillips strengthens leadership team with key global appointments
'Blind box' craze grips China's youth and mints toymakers a fortune
Freeman's sale demonstrates successes in American material
Exhibition reexamines Tara Donovan's seminal Composition (Cards) series
US Burning Man festival canceled again due to pandemic
Fashion designer Alber Elbaz buried in Israel
UK's Royal Shakespeare Company names first female head
Crescent City Auction Gallery announces highlights included in the Spring Estates Auction
David Roberts Art Foundation is to become the Roberts Institute of Art
Phillips London Photographs Auction to be led by Peter Beard's Portrait of Francis Bacon
Rare books auction includes important source for the study of da Vinci's works
Black Cube unveils permanent, interactive, concrete art installation by Matt Barton at Denver's TAXI Campus
New volume in Frick Diptych Series focuses on Titian's Pietro Aretino
Sussex auction house to sell St John's Barn Summers Place
Wayne Peterson, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, dies at 93
Autonomous DIY Competition: Cultivating Creativity
Best E-commerce solutions for your start-up
Simple living room interior design style to upgrade your space
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.