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      Nicholas Hytner

      Nicholas Hytner

      Highest Rated: 94% The Madness of King George (1994)

      Lowest Rated: 38% Allelujah (2022)

      Birthday: May 7, 1956

      Birthplace: Manchester, England, UK

      An esteemed stage director, Hytner first gained prominence in his native England staging operas at the Kent Opera and the English National Opera. From 1985 to 1989, he was associate director at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, where he oversaw such productions as "As You Like It" (1985) and "Edward II" (1986). In 1989, the Cambridge-educated Hytner became an associate director of the Royal National Theatre where he staged "Ghetto" (1989) and Alan Bennett's adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows" (1990). Also in 1989, he made his musical directing debut with the London production of "Miss Saigon," starring Lea Salonga and Jonathan Pryce, and its American debut the following year. Hytner received a 1994 Tony for staging an acclaimed revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel." Hytner's 1991 production of Alan Bennett's "The Madness of George III" won critical praise at the National Theatre and toured the U.S. He made his feature film debut adapting the production as "The Madness of King George" (1994), which preserved Nigel Hawthorne's brilliant portrayal of the monarch who has begun to exhibit bizarre behavior. Hytner's second feature was also a literary adaptation: the feature version of Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible" (1996). An allegorical drama about the 17th Century Salem witch trials, "The Crucible" boasted a top-notch cast, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Joan Allen, Winona Ryder and Paul Scofield. The director continued working on film adaptations with his third effort, "The Object of My Affection" (1998). Based on Stephen McCauley's novel, it centered on the relationship between an unwed pregnant woman (Jennifer Aniston) and her best friend, a gay man (Paul Rudd).

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      THE CRUCIBLE, Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicholas Hytner (director), Paul Scofield, Karron Graves, 1996. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. CENTER STAGE, Ethan Stiefel, director Nicholas Hytner, on set, 2000. (c)Columbia Pictures THE HISTORY BOYS, director Nicholas Hytner (far left), screenwriter Alan Bennett (sitting, background), Samuel Barnett (sitting, foreground), Frances de la Tour, Dominic Cooper, on set, 2006. (c) Fox Searchlight/courtesy Everett THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, director Nicholas Hytner, on set, 1998. TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved THE HISTORY BOYS, director Nicholas Hytner, author Alan Bennett, Richard Griffiths on set, 2006, (c) Fox Searchlight The Late Late Show With James Corden, from left: Bridget Moynahan, James Corden, Paul Feig, Nicholas Hytner, 03/23/2015, ©CBS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      38% 55% Allelujah Executive Producer - 2022
      89% 64% The Lady in the Van Director,
      Producer
      $10.0M 2015
      65% 70% The History Boys Director,
      Producer
      $2.7M 2006
      41% 82% Center Stage Director $17.2M 2000
      53% 51% The Object of My Affection Director $29.1M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twelfth Night, or What You Will Director - 1998
      70% 66% The Crucible Director $7.3M 1996
      94% 80% The Madness of King George Director $15.2M 1994

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Talking Heads Executive Producer,
      Director
      2020
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015