Good week / Bad week – by Ian Foster

A first for Sans Taste this week – a guest author of Good week / Bad week: Ian Foster of There Ought To Be Clowns:

Good week for sexual tolerance. Members of the West End theatrical community, from actors to choreographers to artistic directors, have made their contribution to the It Gets Better campaign with a beautifully candid and inspiring video, offering a voice of support and hope to LGBT youth and all victims of bullying.

Bad week for Kathryn Hunter and the RSC. In a surprise announcement this week, Kathryn Hunter resigned as part of the current ensemble and also from her position as Artistic Associate at the RSC. A joint statement alluded to artistic differences and unrealised ambitions but the timing, with 2 weeks of the Roundhouse season still remaining, is most dramatic. Understudies Katy Stephens (for Antony & Cleopatra) and Sophie Russell (for King Lear) will take over her roles.

Good week for multi-linguists. The Globe announced their Cultural Olympiad plans to present all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, in 38 different languages to help celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games. Anyone for Titus Andronicus in Cantonese, Love’s Labours Lost in BSL or Troilus & Cressida in Maori?

Bad week for the Above the Stag theatre. Having to relocate due to the redevelopment of the Victoria area, their two year cushion to find new premises has reportedly been dramatically reduced to eviction in eight weeks.

Good week for fans of John Heffernan. He will be returning to the National Theatre in June this year, to the Olivier no less.

Bad week for fans of John Heffernan. He will be starring in a production of Ibsen’s longest play, Emperor and Galilean.