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Emma Rice reduced Shakespeare’s plays to lectures—she had to go

"Identitarian art can’t speak to the inner life, to things of the soul"

By Sohrab Ahmari  

Controversy gripped London’s theatre world last week after the board at Shakespeare’s Globe resolved to part ways with Emma Rice. The board had appointed Rice Artistic Director just six months earlier, and her supporters charged that privileged old white guys had conspired against a female progressive visionary. As Tanika Gupta, Rice’s dramaturge at the Globe, put it on Newsnight, this was a case of “old versus new.”

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