Hytner To Stay On After 2013
Posted 16 September 2011 - 08:33 AM
I find this depressing news - not because he hasn't been good at the NT (although he personally was a better director before he took up the post) but because 10 years in the job for anyone is enough - by staying on (I wonder if he's asked the NT Board whether he can continue ?) he's blocking the way for a younger director to take over in exactly the same way that he complained about the incumbent long-serving theatre critics. After 10 year it is time for the NT to be renewed and taken in a different artistic direction. I wonder if he is becoming subject to the delusion of all long-serving rulers that somehow he is indispensable ? (The graveyeards are full of people who thought themselves so, as the saying goes).
Also, as we pay his salary shouldn't he have announced his intention to cling to power in the London Times first ?
Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:48 AM
I also agree he hasn't been a disaster - I know some people on this board have little positive to say about his directorship - but for me, during the last 3 years or so something that was enticing me back to the NT regularly has gone, and caused me to cease my membership.
But if the quote is accurate, that he "hopes to" stay on, it doen't necessarily mean he will.
Posted 16 September 2011 - 10:10 AM
There should be a fixed term limit for all of our national companies - just to keep them fresh
Posted 16 September 2011 - 10:29 AM
Oh I think there is a hint of it ...
"[Hytner] goes on to tell the paper of record he would "provide the National with continuity in an era when government support is less certain.""
So, why is "continuity" important when government support is less ? Only if the person providing the "continuity" thinks he can personally increase NT's income when others couldn't.
Imagine they announced that Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris would be taking over in 2013, or Rupert Goold, wouldn't that be a far more exciting prospect to look forward to than another few years of Hytner ?
I seem to remember Michael Boyd also said "10 years only" and that his time is up in 2013 too. I wonder who will take over that particular poisoned chalice ? Rupert Goold, Sam Mendes, Michael Grandage - maybe Hytner should apply.
Posted 16 September 2011 - 10:56 AM
Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:06 AM
Posted 16 September 2011 - 12:25 PM
Is he ? Calling the next era one in which "government support is less certain" is hardly Brendan Barber-style rabble-rousing is it.
Posted 16 September 2011 - 12:52 PM
Posted 16 September 2011 - 01:25 PM
Posted 16 September 2011 - 01:46 PM
I absolutely agree that funding cuts aren't per se a bad thing, but uncertainty is.
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