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|Hytner Aims Higher
- Theatre director addresses schools
NICHOLAS HYTNER has warned that theatre is being sidelined from childrens' education and lives. The forthcoming director of the National Theatre follows Andrew Lloyd Webber in speaking out on the current fate of theatre.
"Theatre should be seen and not read," said Hytner at a recent drama school conference. He cited cut backs in spending on theatre outings as a cause for concern amongst parents and stressed that the reduced-price tickets organised by the education department at the National aimed to attract state school pupils to the theatre. Hytner also praised the National's outreach programme in Deptford where the Albany theatre is currently rejuvenating the community.
Hytner does not replace Trevor Nunn as head of the National theatre until 2003 but is already busy raising the venue's profile. The split between wealthy young theatregoers and school children who, for want of money, find the art form alien is a divide he looks keen to close.