Writing in The Independent in reply to criticisms from the same newspaper's theatre critic, the RSC's Adrian Noble argues that his proposed changes will not destroy the ensemble acting as his critics fear - merely redirect it.
He stresses the need for adaptability - hence the desire to use a variety of West End theatres rather than just the Barbican. However in one fundamental sense he shows himself to be swimming, if not against the tide, then certainly in the opposite direction to Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre.
Hytner has made it clear that for him, one of the main attractions of the National Theatre is the opportunity to use the large stages (Olivier and Lyttleton). Noble, by contrast writes that "Today, the strength of theatre remains not in spectacle...but in the intimacy of the event...at the moment our theatres are too formal and restrictive".
—by Paul Webb Theatrenow