Nicholas Hytner, UK National Theatre Chief, To Step Down In 2015
LONDON — The widely praised chief of Britain's National Theatre says he will leave his post in two years.
Nicholas Hytner plans to step down from one of the biggest jobs in the theater world in March 2015.
Britain's flagship state-funded theater company has had a run of successes since Hytner took charge in 2003, transferring hits including "War Horse" and "One Man, Two Guvnors" to Broadway and reaching millions with live broadcasts to cinemas around the world.
National Theatre productions reached 3.2 million people worldwide in 2012 and generated 80 million pounds ($122 million) in revenue.
Hytner also directs films, including "The Madness of King George" and "The History Boys."
The theater also announced Wednesday that Nick Starr, its executive director since 2002, will be stepping down next year.
Ariel Heller in a scene from War Horse. (All Photos: Paul Kolnik)
(L. to R.) Ariel Heller and Jude Sandy in a scene from War Horse.
(L. to R.) Seth Numrich and Prentice Onayemi in a scene from War Horse.
(L. to R.) Stephen James Anthony and Seth Numrich in a scene from War Horse.
Ariel Heller in a scene from War Horse.
(L. to R.) Ariel Heller and Madeleine Rose Yen in a scene from War Horse.
Seth Numrich (at plow) and company in a scene from War Horse.
Peter Hermann (standing) and Elliot Villar in a scene from War Horse.