NICHOLAS HYTNER (Director) earned a reputation as one of Britain's most highly praised
theater directors before turning his attention to motion pictures. Hytner was
born in Manchester and educated at Cambridge University. His first theater
productions were in Exeter, Leeds and at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
He has directed three productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company,
"Measure for Measure," "The Tempest" and "King
Lear." His six productions for Britain's National Theater have included the
premieres of "Ghetto" by Joshua Sobol, "The Madness of King
George III" by Alan Bennett and "The Cripple of Innishmaan" by
Martin McDonagh. In New York, Hytner has directed "Miss Saigon" and
the Lincoln Center Theater productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's
"Carousel" and Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."
"Carousel" was honored with five Tony Awards, including one for Hytner
as Best Director. Hytner's first feature film, "The Madness of King
George," received four Academy Award nominations. He then directed Arthur
Miller's "The Crucible," starring Daniel Day Lewis, Paul Scofield,
Joan Allen and Winona Ryder. His film "The Object of My Affection,"
with a screenplay by Wendy Wasserstein, was released in 1998. Hytner has
directed operas in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Geneva, Munich, Chicago and Moscow.
In the autumn of 1999, Hytner returned to London to direct Alan Bennett's play
"The Lady in the Van."
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