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The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) today announces that Nicholas Hytner will join the Company’s Board, formally taking up the position at the Company’s AGM in Stratford-upon-Avon later today.

Nicholas Hytner said, “I am honoured and delighted to be joining the Board of the RSC as its new Co-Artistic Directors take the helm, and I am looking forward to what I am sure will be an exciting future”.

Chair of the Board Shriti Vadera added, “I am excited to welcome Nick to the Board. His exceptional experience will add huge value to the Board and to the next phase of the Company’s future under new artistic leadership”.

Nicholas Hytner is Artistic Director of London Theatre Company. Its first theatre, the Bridge, opened in 2017 where Nick’s productions included Young Marx, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bach and Sons, John Gabriel Borkman and Guys and Dolls. The Lightroom was the company’s second space which opened in 2023 with David Hockney’s installation Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away). Nicholas was Director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015.

The RSC AGM will celebrate the Company’s achievements from April 2022 – April 2023, a year which saw the opening of the record-breaking and multi-award winning My Neighbour Totoro. The world premiere was presented with Joe Hisaishi in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV, and over 130,000 people enjoyed the international collaboration.

Other highlights in the year include the first year of TikTok £10 Tickets, with over 20 000 young people aged 14 to 25 using the scheme, 19% from areas of structural disadvantage; far-reaching Learning activity engaging 500 000 young people including over 8000 who saw the Company’s First Encounters with Shakespeare, Twelfth Night production performed in communities around the country. The RSC’s nationwide playwriting initiative, 37 Plays, received 2000 new play submissions; five new apprentices joined the Company to create pathways into theatre careers, with a commitment to host up to 28 apprentices by March 2024; and Matilda The Musical continued its success at London’s Cambridge Theatre as well as performances in Korea and Japan. The production has now received 101 international awards and has been seen by more than 11 million people in 90 cities worldwide.


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The RSC’s Board is made up of 15 people all chosen for their varied skills and experience. Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director, and the Co-Artistic Directors Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey, are members of the Board which works closely with the senior management team in leading the Company. Full details of the RSC’s Board can be found HERE.

Nicholas Hytner is artistic director of London Theatre Company. Its first theatre – the Bridge – opened in 2017. His productions at the Bridge include Young Marx, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bach and Sons, John Gabriel Borkman, Guys and Dolls. London Theatre Company’s second space – Lightroom – opened in 2023 with David Hockney’s installation Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away).

Nicholas was Director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015 where he directed plays by Alan Bennett (The Madness of George III, The History Boys, The Habit of Art); Shakespeare (Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Othello); plays from the classical repertoire (The Alchemist, Phèdre, London Assurance); and a wide range of new plays. He delivered a repertoire of 20 productions a year, including War Horse and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time, and introduced NT Live cinema broadcasts around the world.


Nicholas has worked widely in opera - in London, Paris, Munich and New York; and in film (The Lady in The Van, The Madness of King George.) Theatre awards include three Olivier, five Evening Standard awards and three Tony awards. His book Balancing Acts was published by Jonathan Cape in 2017.


Nicholas served as a Trustee of the Royal Opera House 2008-2021, he is an Honorary Doctor of Letters at Cambridge University and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at the Juilliard School. He was knighted in 2009.



The Royal Shakespeare Company creates exceptional theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, London and around the world, performing plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as commissioning a wide range of original work from contemporary writers. Our purpose is to ensure that Shakespeare – and theatre as a whole – is for everyone, and we do that by unlocking the power of his plays and live performance, and with our learning and education work throughout the UK and across the world.

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The work of the RSC is supported by the Culture Recovery Fund

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Co-Artistic Directors Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey Executive Director Catherine Mallyon
Artistic Director Emeritus Gregory Doran

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