Thursday, February 08, 2007

Cooke at the Court

On The Guardian Theatre Blog, Michael Billington analyses the comments of Dominic Cooke, the Royal Court's new artistic director, about his plans for the theatre.
What do we want to see when we go to the theatre? A reflection of our own world or someone else's? I suspect the honest answer is a mixture of both. We like recognition. We also like social exploration. But when Dominic Cooke this week held a press conference to announce his first season as the Royal Court's artistic director, he astonished everyone by talking about putting on stage "a world of privilege and power" and dealing with our "unconsciously aspirational values."

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