Magazine article Screen International

Norris Named National Theatre Director

Magazine article Screen International

Norris Named National Theatre Director

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The director of Broken will suceed Nicholas Hytner from April 2015.

The National Theatre has appointed Rufus Norris to succeed Nicholas Hytner as director of the National Theatre with effect from April 2015.

Norris called the appointment "a great honour" and said he was "thrilled at the prospect and challenge of leading this exceptional organisation".

After training as an actor, Norris came to prominence as a theatre director, winning Olivier awards for his revival of Cabaret in 2006 and receiving five Tony nominations for his 2008 Broadway production of Les Liasons Dangereuses.

He made his directorial debut in 2009 with short film King Bastard. His debut feature film, Broken, opened Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and won the Best Film Award at the British Independent Film Awards earlier this year.

Norris has been an associate director at the National Theatre since 2011.

John Makinson, chairman of the National Theatre, described Norris as "an exciting choice, someone who will build on the National Theatre's present reputation as one of the most admired and innovative performing arts organisations in the world. …

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