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15/08/01
Royal National Theatre Goes for Youthful Make Over
- London's largest theatre complex to undergo Transformation

THE ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE has obtained planning permission to create two new performing spaces. The Transformation project includes a 650 seat Lyttelton arena to present physical theatre and a 100 seat Lyttelton loft dedicated to experimental work by new writers and directors.

With a view to attracting a younger audience, director Trevor Nunn has also given the go ahead to cheaper ticket prices and an informal bar. Nunn has also invited the public to attend talks by architects, designers and directors who have worked in the building as part of the building's 25th birthday celebrations.

But it is unlikely Nunn will enjoy the fruits of these labours since his contract with the National runs out in 2003. With the withdrawal of Stephen 'Billy Elliot' and Sam 'American Beauty' Mendes from the race to replace Nunn as artistic director, film and theatre director Nicolas Hynter looks like the favourite to champion the theatre's new era.





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