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Wednesday, 15 May, 2002, 10:41 GMT 11:41 UK
New season for Barbican
The Barbican
The Barbican has played host to the RSC for 20 years
Puppetry from the former Soviet republic of Georgia and the world première of a Philip Glass opera are among the highlights of a new season at the Barbican centre in London.

The new productions will fill the gap left by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), which has quit the venue after 20 years.

The autumn season, entitled Bite 02, will feature song, dance and opera from around the world.

A new expanded partnership with the English National Opera will also be included in the line-up.

'Regret'

The Barbican's artistic director, Graham Sheffield, admitted he was still disappointed at the RSC's decision to leave.

He told The Guardian: "I regret the departure of the RSC - the manner of their going as well as the fact they left.

"My principal regret is that those who should have been able to, could not see the potential of a genuine partnership between a great arts centre and the world's leading repertory Shakespeare company."

Graham Sheffield was upset at RSC's decision
Graham Sheffield was upset at RSC's decision
The RSC's decision to vacate the Barbican was made under the outgoing, often controversial, artistic director Adrian Noble, who announced his resignation last month.

The company, which has its permanent home in Stratford-upon-Avon and a smaller base in Newcastle, will now move from venue to venue throughout the year.

On the Barbican's website, a statement said it was an "awesome" responsibility to choose which performances should be shown for the new season..

It added that Bite 02 is a "heady mix of productions from some of the most influential artists working in the world today, as well as those heading the race to be the 'greats' of the future."

The autumn season will feature the UK première of a production of Georg Buchner's play Woyzeck, with music and lyrics by Tom Waits.

Adrian Noble
RSC director Adrian Noble is leaving
Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman will showcase her first production in the UK while the renowned Merce Cunningham Dance Group will celebrate their 50th anniversary with performances throughout September.

German choreographer Pina Bausch is also staging a piece with dancers aged over 65.

See also:

12 May 02 | Arts
RSC ends Barbican era
28 Mar 01 | Arts
RSC: Shakespeare and beyond
02 Feb 01 | Entertainment
Barbican may get listed status
24 Apr 02 | Arts
RSC chief to quit
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