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 (the last revived in the 2019/20 Season) 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, Great Britain and The Hard Problem. He has directed on Broadway, in the West End and for the Almeida and Royal Shakespeare Company, among many others. In 2017 he co-founded The Bridge Theatre, where he has directed Young Marx, Alys Always, Julius Caesar and Allelujah!
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.
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