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Nicholas Robert Hytner (born 7 May 1956) is an English film and theatre producer and director. He has been the artistic director of London's National Theatremarker since 2003.


Hytner was born in Manchestermarker to a Jewish family, the son of barrister, Benet, QC, and Joyce Hytner. He attended Manchester Grammar Schoolmarker and read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridgemarker. In the early 1980s he worked at Exeter Universitymarker's Northcotte Theatre, and in the theatre department. He later became an Associate Director at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatremarker, where he worked between 1985 and 1989. Hytner first found himself working regularly at the National Theatremarker in Londonmarker between 1989 and 1997.

Hytner's directorial work for theatre includes The Country Wife, Edward II, Don Carlos, Ghetto, Miss Saigon, Orpheus Descending, a 2-part adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, Alan Bennett's The History Boys, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel (1992), Southwark Fair and The Alchemist, Measure for Measure (1987), The Tempest (1988) and King Lear (1990), The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar (1992), The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (1997), The Winter's Tale (2001), Mother Clap's Molly House by Mark Ravenhill (2001) and Henry V (2003).

Hytner has also directed movies, such as The Crucible, The Madness of King George, The Object of My Affection and Center Stage. Openly gay, Hytner strove to avoid stereotypical gay characters in The Object of My Affection. The film was later criticized by some gay critics as a "commercial whitewash."

Hytner is also a successful opera director with his production of Xerxes winning the Laurence Olivier Opera Award in 1985. Xerxes and his production of The Magic Flute are both still in the English National Opera repertory. He has also directed opera for Kent Opera, Covent Gardenmarker, Glyndebournemarker, Paris Opéra, Théâtre du Châteletmarker, Grand Théâtre de Genève and Bavarian State Opera.

The National Theatre

Hytner was appointed director of the National Theatre in London in April 2003.

Hytner's film version of the play The History Boys was released in 2006.





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