Breaking: French fire British arts chiefmain
Le Figaro reports that the Théâtre du Châtelet has dismissed its British artistic director Ruth Mackenzie, following an audit which revealed ‘managerial and financial problems.’
Mackenzie, who arrived from the Holland Festival in 2017, previously headed London’s 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Manchester’s International Festival and, a long time ago, Scottish Opera.
UPDATE: Mackenzie has told the Guardian her dismissal was ‘brutal and inexplicable’.
‘I can’t believe it was done in such an unbelievably brutal way. A letter was sent to my lawyer terminating my contract and telling me I was to vacate my office, my email was being cut off and my salary stopped.’