Nicholas Hytner is an award-winning English producer and director. He worked as an Associate Director at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and at the National Theatre in London. He has also directed movies, such as “The Crucible” and “The Madness of King George”. Hytner’s direction of the opera “Xerxes” won the Laurence Olivier Opera Award and is still in the English National Opera repertory. He has subsequently directed opera for Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Paris Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Geneva Opera and Bavarian State Opera. He was appointed director of the National Theatre in London in 2003.