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26/12/02
Historical Future For National Theatre
- Hytner directs Henry V

NICHOLAS HYTNER has confirmed Henry V as his first production at the National Theatre. Adrian Lester stars in the title role come April 2003.

Hytner takes over from Trevor Nunn, whose final musical opened last night. Nunn's revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes sends him out in a flurry of optimistic songs such as, I Get a Kick Out of You, You're the Top, Be Like the Bluebird. Nunn's astonishing turn around in the National Theatre's finances and his reputation for directing sell outs leaves Hytner with a tall act to follow.

But despite opening with Shakespeare's history play, Hytner's reign promises more than just the classics. Henry V will be performed in repertory with Jerry Springer - The Opera. Furthermore, Hytner's commitment to Lester as his lead means a black actor will play Henry V. Lester's performance as the first ever black Bobby in Company at the Donmar should prepare him for the role.




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