Nicholas Hytner

Shaking Up Theater

For the real action in London theater these days, you've got to leave the storied West End palaces and venture into a boxy concrete structure on the other side of the Thames, where Nicholas Hytner has brought fresh life to Britain's National Theatre. Since taking over last April, Hytner (director of the acclaimed 1992 revival of Carousel) has had a hot hand. First came Jerry Springer: The Opera, a musical spoof of the tabloid talk show that became a sellout hit. Following it has been a string of successes, from hard-to-stage classics (Helen Mirren in Mourning Becomes Electra) to political drama...

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