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22/01/03
All Change At The National Theatre
- Hytner announces hard hitting new policies

THE NATIONAL THEATRE's new artistic director has announced the changes he will implement when he replaces Trevor Nunn in April. Nicholas Hytner's plans will affect the team of associate directors he wants on board, the Transformation season launched last year in the Loft theatre, and the cost of ticket prices.

Hytner's planned UKP10 season is the most radical policy change afoot. For his first six months as artistic director, two thirds of the Olivier's seats will be reduced from UKP30 to UKP10, while all Cottesloe seats will be reduced to between UKP10 and UKP25. The aim is to attract new audiences and encourage existing theatregoers to visit the National more often.

Less experimental is Hytner's decision to ditch the Loft studio and the Transformation season it launched last year. Under his leadership the National Theatre turns its back on studio work and physical theatre in favour of text based plays. "I'm sure there will be further temporary interventions .... But I have no plans to revive the Loft," says Hytner.

Hytner's vision for the National theatre is innovative in a different way. He will be turning his attention to contemporary musicals rather than the 1950s American favourites of Trevor Nunn, and has redrafted the National theatre's list of associate directors to be sure of sufficient support. Hytner has appointed the multi award-winning Howard Davies as his chief associate director, alongside a larger group including Edward 'Macbeth' Hall, Phyllida 'Mamma Mia' Lloyd, and Cheek by Jowl's Declan Donnellan.




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