But first of all, a WARNING! 'Typepad' advise me that further maintenance work might occur later on today which, if they get their timing right, might just save you the trouble picking your way through my spittle-flecked rant against the Board of Directors of the Globe Theatre in London who appear to have the combined intelligence of 'Constable Dogberry' and his watchmen!
I blame all of them absolutely and definitely because having finally rid themselves of the dimwit woman whom they appointed as 'Artistic Director' for the past couple of years, have now given the job to a woman of equal stupidity. Her very first decision in taking over this job was to cast herself in the leading role of the most famous play in the world. Yes, darlings, this 39-year old woman is to play Hamlet - no, no, not his mother who presumably will be played by another 39-year old woman - but the lad himself who, you will recall, is a young male, prince and university student.
According to The Telegraph, the lady has absolutely no experience of directing and has never run a theatre company - crikey, even I'm more experienced than she is and you wouldn't put me in charge of the coffee bar! Apparently she is determined to extend further the plans of her predecessor by insisting on a 50/50 gender mix within the company and, of course, all casting will be absolutely gender-blind. Finally, there will be no discrimination on the grounds of colour or race or - wait for it - disability! Well, I suppose that might save a bit on prosthetics if they ever play Richard III!
“I have no assumption that this is going to go swimmingly,” she cheerily concludes as she heads off to rehearsals. “For some people what I’m doing will be offensive. I don’t mean to offend anyone and audience dissent is allowed. If people don’t want to see the world represented in a diverse way, there’s nothing I can do about that.” She falls quiet. “If so, I won’t be in this job for very long.”
Oh I do hope so - fervently!