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Nicholas Hytner


Former Director of London's National Theatre

Award-winning Film Director

Director of Miss Saigon and The History Boys

Sir Nicholas Hytner is an English theatre director, film director, and film producer. He was previously the  Director of London’s National Theatre. His major successes while Director include Miss Saigon, The History Boys and One man, Two Guvnors. Sir Nicholas was appointed Director of the National Theatre in 2003 and led it through one of its most stable and creative periods.

Sir Nicholas’ first big break was as an opera director and he directed Handel’s Xerxes in 1985, but, internationally, he is probably best known for piloting Miss Saigon on to the West End stage in 1989.

After the roaring success of Miss Saigon, Hytner turned to a career in film. His first film was an adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of King George. This went on to be awarded a BAFTA for Best British Film. He was also the Director, both in theatre and film, of the critically acclaimed The History Boys.

Hytner is on the Board of Trustees of the Royal Opera House. He is a patron of many organizations including London International Festival of Theatre, Hightide Festival Theatre, the Shakespeare schools festival, Dance UK, Action for Children’s ArtsPan Intercultural Arts and Prisoners’ Penfriends.


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