Royal Ballet Names New Artistic Director

Monica Mason has been named the new artistic director of London’s Royal Ballet. “Mason, 60, who is known affectionately at Covent Garden as ‘Mon’, has been a mother and something of an inspiration to a battered company since taking the reins temporarily after the ignominious departure of Ross Stretton. The Australian former car mechanic was forced to resign two months ago amid allegations of inappropriate relationships with some of his dancers.”