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Nicholas Hytner

Director

Biography

English director Nicholas Hytner made his Royal Opera debut in 1987 directing The King Goes Forth to France and has since directed The Knot Garden and Don Carlo for The Royal Opera.

Hytner read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. His early directing credits included a series at Leeds Playhouse. He was Associate Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 1985–9, Associate Director of the National Theatre 1989–1997 and Director there 2003–15. His many productions for the National Theatre include The Madness of George III, Henry V, Henry IV Parts I and II, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, The Alchemist, The Man of Mode, Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, The Habit of Art, Hamlet, Phèdre, One Man, Two Guvnors, Collaborators, Travelling Light, Timon of Athens, Othello and Great Britain. He has directed on Broadway, in the West End and for the Almeida and Royal Shakespeare Company, among many others.

Hytner has directed opera for English National Opera (including The Magic Flute), Glyndebourne Festival (including Così fan tutte), Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opéra, Grand Théâtre de Genève and Théâtre du Châtelet. His film directing credits include The Lady in the Van, The History Boys, The Crucible and the award-winning The Madness of King George. He was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2009 and knighted in 2010.

Videos

News and features

ENO celebrates the life of Lord Harewood

ENO celebrates the life of Lord Harewood

20 June 2014

English National Opera hosts a special gala performance in celebration of the life of a crucial figure in British opera.

Photos

Nicholas Hytner. Photo by Ivan Kyncl

Kristin Lewis and Bryan Hymel in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Bryan Hymel in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Christoph Pohl in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Emily Edmonds in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Kristen Lewis in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Kristen Lewis in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Bryan Hymel and Christoph Pohl in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Bryan Hymel in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Bryan Hymel in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Kristen Lewis in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Christoph Pohl, Kristin Lewis, and Ildar Abdrazakov in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Ildar Abdrazakov and Christoph Pohl in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Ekaterina Semenchuk in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Jonas Kaufmann and Mariusz Kweicien in Don Carlo

Kristin Lewis and Bryan Hymel in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Christoph Pohl, Ildar Abdrazakov, Kristin Lewis, Ekaterina Semenchuk in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Paata Burchuladze in Don Carlo (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore