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13/11/01
All Change At The National Theatre
- Dramatic reshuffle as Chris Smith joins the Board

FORMER Culture Secretary Chris Smith has been appointed to the board of the National Theatre, along with Really Useful Group chief executive André Ptaszynski and novelist Ben Okri.

Come 2003, new artistic director Nicholas Hytner's National theatre will be a very different place to the institution run by his predecessor Trevor Nunn. Not only has the board changed, but long time executive director Genista McIntosh has announced her departure next spring.

Of course McIntosh did that once before only to return just four months later having resigned from the Royal Opera House. What is certain is that Chris Smith's views will have a bearing on how the National is run.

Smith increased theatre funding by UKP25 million earlier this year and has never been one to take a back seat when decisions have to be made. "I warmly welcome Chris Smith as a member of our Board. His wisdom and standing and his experience as former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will be of the greatest value to us in our deliberations," said Sir Christopher Hogg, chairman of the board of the National Theatre



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