Rufus Norris to be new NT director

Oct 15 2013 | By More

Takes over from Hytner from April 2015

Rufus Norris directed Cabaret which is at the King's Theatre next week. Photo ©  Keith Pattison

Rufus Norris directed Cabaret: at the King’s next week. Photo © Keith Pattison

By Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh audiences will get a chance to see the work of the new boss of  the National Theatre as early as next week, when Cabaret opens at the King’s for a week-long run.

Rufus Norris, who will take over from Nicholas Hytner in April 2015, directed both the the original 2006 West End production of Cabaret and the tour.

The production turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sizzling haven of decadence. And at its dark heart are the notorious Emcee, played by Will Young, and sassy Sally Bowles (Siobhan Dillon) who perform nightly at the infamous Kit Kat Klub.

The director of the National Theatre is widely regarded as the biggest job in UK theatre. Norris has been an associate director at the NT since 2011.

Norris said: “This appointment is a great honour and I am thrilled at the prospect and challenge of leading this exceptional organisation, where it has been a privilege to work under the inspirational leadership of Nick Hytner.”

Cabaret plays the Edinburgh King’s from Monday 21 – Saturday 26 October 2013. Details from:




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