THE LADY IN THE VAN
NICHOLAS HYTNER's films are The Madness of King George and The History Boys
(both in collaboration with Alan Bennett), The Crucible and The Object of My
He was director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015, where he brought in a
new community of artists, produced in equal measure the classical repertoire and
new work, introduced National Theatre Live cinema broadcasts around the world,
and established the Travelex ticket seasons which - by radically reducing ticket
prices - filled the National with large new audiences.
At the National he directed plays by Alan Bennett (The Madness of George III,
The History Boys, The Habit of Art, People, Cocktail Sticks); Shakespeare (Henry
V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Othello); Richard Bean
(England People Very Nice, One Man Two Guvnors, Great Britain); and plays from
the classical repertoire (The Alchemist, Phedre, London Assurance) and new plays
by David Hare (Stuff Happens), Ayub Khan Din (Rafta, Rafta), John Hodge
(Collaborators), Tom Stoppard (The Hard Problem) and a two part stage adaptation
of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.
He produced, in addition, a repertoire of 20 plays a year, including War Horse
and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.
He has worked widely in the West End and on Broadway (Miss Saigon, Carousel),
and in opera - in London, Paris, Munich and at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
He received the BAFTA award and Evening Standard award for best British film for
The Madness of King George. His theatre awards include three Olivier awards,
five Evening Standard awards and three Tony awards. He recently became an
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at the Juilliard School.
He is currently working (with Nick Starr) on plans for a new theatre company in
London, which will be announced shortly.
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