Nicholas Hytner is artistic director and co-founder of the Bridge Theatre, where he has recently directed Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the premiere of Nancy Harris’ Two Ladies.
He was director of the National Theatre 2003-15, where he directed many plays by Shakespeare including Henry V, Hamlet, Timon of Athens and Othello; and the premieres of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, Richard Bean’s One Man Two Guvnors, Ayub Khan Din’s Rafta, Rafta and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.
He has directed opera at the Royal Opera House, the Paris Opéra, the Metropolitan Opera New York and English National Opera. His films include The Madness of King George and The Lady in the Van. His book Balancing Acts was published by Jonathan Cape in 2017.