The true story of a director who always has an exit strategy

Alice Jones' Arts Diary
  • @alicevjones

Rupert Goold is making a name in Hollywood as he  prepares to direct his first film, True Story, with James Franco, but he’s losing a few London friends in the process. This week the Enron director pulled out of Wozzeck at the ENO in May, due to “unforeseen scheduling conflicts” with his film shoot.

He will be replaced by Carrie Cracknell. In April, he pulled out of co-directing the RSC and Wooster Group in Troilus and Cressida, and was replaced by Mark Ravenhill. In response, the New York company made a witty video in which the cast stand around listening to Goold making excuses down the phone as “Smooth Operator” plays in the background.

Will the disgruntled ENO now make its own revenge video? I hope so.