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Nicholas Hytner will tell the story of 12 years at the helm of the National Theatre, a period of unparalleled creativity and success. He will share stories about productions of The History Boys, War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors; about probing Shakespeare from every angle and reinventing the classics; about opening the doors of the National Theatre to a broader audience than ever before; and about coming up time and again against the challenge of reconciling art and commerce. He will also give an insider’s account of working with Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh, Paul Scofield, Helen Mirren, Daniel Day-Lewis, James Corden and many others, and explore the art and alchemy of theatre, examining the biggestquestions facing the creative industries right now.
Join him for an evening of memories, followed by a Q and A with Bristol Old Vic’s Artistic Director Tom Morris.
Nicholas Hytner was director of the National Theatre from 2003 to 2015, where he directed plays by – among many others – Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Alan Bennett and Richard Bean and produced more than 200 different shows. He brought in a new community of artists, introduced National Theatre Live cinema broadcasts around the world and established £10 ticket seasons which – by radically reducing ticket prices – filled the National with large new audiences. Before running the National, he worked widely in the West End and on Broadway; and in opera – in London, Paris, Munich and New York. His films include The Madness of King George, The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Crucible with Daniel Day-Lewis. The Bridge Theatre, the London home of the new company he has formed with Nick Starr, opens in 2017.
7pm talk, followed by Q&A
£10.50/£8.50 conc (plus booking fee)