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Shakespeare's Globe director named

Shakespeare's Globe has announced that Emma Rice will take over as artistic director next year.

Rice, who currently holds the same role at Corn wall's Kneehigh Theatre, will replace Dominic Dromgoole in April.

She said: "I am delighted and honoured to be taking over the artistic direction of Shakespeare's Globe.

"Open to the elements, and to its audience, this unique and important space demands theatre that brims with passion, joy and humanity. Mindful of the extraordinary artists I follow, I will take custody of this incredible organisation with an open heart, fierce passion and excited mind."

The job at the theatre on London's South Bank was previously held by Wolf Hall star Mark Rylance.

Its chief executive Neil Constable said he was "thrilled" with the appointment, which Dromgoole also described as "excellent".

He said: " Over many years, Emma has created at Kneehigh a body of work that shares the same principles of imagination, populism, wit and passion that have always been central to the Globe.

"Kneehigh have also pulled off the same happy trick of a fierce local attachment in Cornwall and a broad international reach, which is so important to the Globe, in Southwark and everywhere. I am sure that Emma will be a great complement to the Globe's heterodox traditions, and also a major surprise."

The Globe, which stands a few hundred yards from the site of the original theatre where Shakespeare worked, was built after a campaign by American actor and director Sam Wanamaker.

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