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