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Nicholas Hytner

Nicholas Hytner

Nicholas Hytner earned a reputation as one of Britain's most highly praised theater directors before turning his attention to motion pictures. Hytner was born in Manchester and educated at Cambridge University. His first theater productions were in Exeter, Leeds and at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. He has directed three productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Measure for Measure, The Tempest and King Lear. His six productions for Britain's National Theater have included the premieres of Ghetto by Joshua Sobol, The Madness of King George III by Alan Bennett and The Cripple of Innishmaan by Martin McDonagh. In New York, Hytner has directed Miss Saigon and the Lincoln Center Theater productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Carousel was honored with five Tony Awards, including one for Hytner as Best Director. Hytner's first feature film, The Madness of King George, received four Academy Award nominations. He then directed Arthur Miller's The Crucible, starring Daniel Day Lewis, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen and Winona Ryder. His film The Object of My Affection, with a screenplay by Wendy Wasserstein, was released in 1998. Hytner has directed operas in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Geneva, Munich, Chicago and Moscow. In the autumn of 1999, Hytner returned to London to direct Alan Bennett's play The Lady in the Van.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Nicholas Hytner Facts

BirthdayMay 7, 1956 (67)
BirthplaceManchester, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Center Stage
The Object Of My Affection
The Lady In The Van
Crucible, The
The Madness of King George
The History Boys
Object of My Affection, The
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