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Nicholas Hytner to step down as Director of the National Theatre at the end of March 2015.

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NICHOLAS Hytner will step down as Director of the National Theatre at the end of March 2015. He said:

“It’s been a joy and a privilege to lead the National Theatre for ten years and I’m looking forward to the next two. I have the most exciting and most fulfilling job in the English-speaking theatre; and after twelve years it will be time to give someone else a turn to enjoy the company of my stupendous colleagues, who together make the National what it is.”

Nick Starr, who has been Executive Director since 2002, has also announced that he will be leaving the National Theatre during 2014. He said:

“There’s a genius to this place and it will be a wrench to leave it. But I want to make room for the next generation, and it’s time for me to plough new furrows.”

And John Makinson, Chairman of the National Theatre, said:

“Nick Hytner and Nick Starr have led the National Theatre to undreamt levels of creative and commercial success over the past decade…the announcement will not come as a surprise, as we have known for some time that they planned to initiate a phased succession process in the course of 2013. It is a sad moment for the National Theatre nonetheless.

“The Board will now begin the formal process of identifying a new Director. The position will be advertised next week [commencing April 15] and we expect to announce the appointment in the autumn. The new Executive Director will be appointed once the Director Designate is in place.”

The Succession Committee, which will prepare a shortlist of candidates for the full Board of the National Theatre to consider, will comprise Peter Bennett-Jones, Neil MacGregor, John Makinson, Kate Mosse and Tessa Ross.