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12/12/00
Nunn: I'm Determined to Take Risks
- National Theatre revamp to favour diverse productions

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Trevor Nunn has announced that the Royal National Theatre will stage more controversial drama.

"What we are missing here is the 150 seat flexible space where you can do completely risk-taking enterprises," said Nunn. Having moved the Olivier Theatre's stage 17 feet forward, the plan is to use the Lyttelton Theatre as a larger version of the Cottesloe Theatre and fill the freed-up space with a theatre dedicated to less mainstream plays.

Nunn's decision not to seek a second term at the Royal National Theatre and his failure to present the kind of diverse repertoire representative of British Theatre has prompted criticism. But, following in the footsteps of younger companies like Cirque du Soleil and Shunt who regularly adapt old spaces to suit new drama, his plans to renovate the Royal National Theatre should restore his popularity. "I am absolutely determined," says Nunn.




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