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|Hello Hytner, Nunn No More
- 'I love this place,' says next National director
DIRECTOR NICHOLAS HYTNER replaces Trevor Nunn from April 2003 as artistic director of the National Theatre. Chairman of the Board Sir Christopher Hogg made the announcement yesterday, to the applause of 800 National Theatre staff.
"Nick Hytner is one of the small group of theatre directors universally acknowledged to be amongst the best in the world," said Nunn.
Itchy-feet impresarios like Steven Berkoff, Stephen Daldry, Jude Kelly, Jonathon Kent, Ian McDiarmid and Sam Mendes must therefore resign themselves to staying put, though they can take comfort from Hytner's determination to branch away from Nunn's tradition of reviving musicals, in favour of support for new writing.
Certainly Hytner's experience directing West End hits like The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as films such as The Madness of George III and several operas should stand him in good stead for the job.
But his credits directing the likes of Carousel, The Recruiting Officer and Wind In The Willows at the National Theatre probably landed him the position. "I could not be more excited … I love this place more than any place I've ever worked," said Hytner.