Sir: I should know better than to be led into a discussion of contentious issues where there is the possibility of its being reported ("Alan Rickman says RSC is wasting young actors' talent", 21 January).
I have nothing but admiration and support for Adrian Noble, and know only too well of my debt to the RSC. I was merely trying to point out the strained connection between continual underfunding and real artistic freedom. I was also talking mainly about a period of time which takes no account of recent major Actor Development programmes within the company.
The NFT session was held before the latest round of cuts to the arts. I can only apologise for my lousy timing.
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