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Jury out on new Royal Court director

Few theatres stir up division like the Royal Court, which is choosing a new artistic director as we write. Ian Rickson is presiding over the 50th birthday celebrations before leaving and even the partying has been partisan. William Gaskill, artistic director in the glory days, has withdrawn his services in protest at the inclusion of a Tom Stoppard play, on the grounds that Stoppard has never previously had anything to do with the Court, and that Trevor Nunn (ditto) is directing it. (Could Nunn’s presence in Sloane Square be a pitch for artistic…

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