Four months ahead of the huge Olympic Festival seems an odd time for the director of ROH2 to swan off in pursuit of other interests.
Deborah, who has been responsible for small stages at Covent Garden, is becoming cultural partners director at King’s College, London. I don’t know what that is, but I’m sure she’ll let us know.
It is, however, much lower profile than her present role and, while I wish her all the very best, I do wonder what happened to persuade her that this was the perfect moment to be elsewhere. Could it be that the end-of-season retirement of her Royal Ballet mentor, Dame Monica Mason, will leave her feeling a little lonely and disgruntled?