Part of the series Shakespeare in the Theatre, this book examines the work of renowned theatre director Nicholas Hytner (Artistic Director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015). Featuring case studies of Hytner's Shakespeare productions and interviews with actors, designers, directors and other practitioners with whom Hytner has worked, it explores Hytner's own productions of Shakespeare's plays within their respective socio-cultural contexts and the context of Hytner's other directing work, and examines his working practices and the impact of his Artistic directorship on the centrality of Shakespeare within the repertoire of the National Theatre.
Abigail Rokison-Woodall is Lecturer at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK. She began her career as a professional actor, appearing in, amongst other productions, ITV's The Darling Buds of May. She completed her PhD at Cambridge University in 2006 after which she became a lecturer in Drama and English at Cambridge. Her monograph, Shakespearean Verse Speaking, won the inaugural Shakespeare's Globe first book award (2012). She is the author of Shakespeare for Young People: Productions, Versions and Adaptations, published by Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare.
INTRODUCTION PART 1 CHAPTER 1: Education and the Early Years Case Study: As You Like It CHAPTER 2: Hytner and the RSC CASE STUDY: Measure for Measure CHAPTER 3: Hytner at the National Theatre - as director CASE STUDY: Henry V and Othello CHAPTER 4: Hytner at the National Theatre - as Artistic Director PART 2: INTERVIEWS Timeline Bibliography Index