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theartsdesk Q&A: Theatre Director Dominic Dromgoole | reviews, news & interviews

theartsdesk Q&A: Theatre Director Dominic Dromgoole

theartsdesk Q&A: Theatre Director Dominic Dromgoole

The Globe's leader on loving the Bard and succeeding without subsidy

Nostalgic about England: Dominic Dromgoole ponders Falstaff, Prince Hal and the Boar's Head© Jillian Edelstein

Dominic Dromgoole (b. Oct.1963) had directed professionally precisely one Shakespeare play - Troilus and Cressida for the Oxford Stage Company, with a then little-known Matt Lucas as Thersites - when he was appointed artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, the Thames-side playhouse that has defied nay-sayers to become a London theatrical fixture since opening to the public in 1997. Could the amiably scruffy one-time leader of west London's tiny Bush, a space given over exclusively to new work, gather in the groundlings, and more, across a landscape inevitably defined by the Bard, notwithstanding the presence of original writing from Howard Brenton, Che Walker, or, still to come, Nell Leyshon? As Dromgoole's fifth season gathers pace with the opening 24 May of Henry VIII, directed by Mark Rosenblatt, it made sense to check in with Dromgoole early in his own rehearsals for Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, with Roger Allam as Falstaff and Jamie Parker as Hal.

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