Nicholas Hytner, the director of the National, announced the news April 17. In a statement Hytner said, "I'm thrilled that Boyett and Haber are continuing to support the National. They've shown extraordinary commitment in taking a wide variety of plays from the NT repertoire to American audiences. Thanks to their enthusiasm, our work has never had a higher profile in the United States. It's the best of relationships — one that just keeps getting better." Boyett added, "Bill and I are very privileged to continue working with Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr [NT executive director], and our many friends at the National Theatre. We are very proud of the productions we have brought to Broadway and look forward to continuing to present their unparalleled works in the future."
The relationship between the National and Boyett Ostar began in 2003 and was renewed in 2006. This latest agreement will extend through summer 2008. To date, the partnership has brought several acclaimed works to Broadway, including Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, Michael Frayn's Democracy, Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman and Alan Bennett's Tony-winning play The History Boys.
Boyett Ostar is currently presenting the National Theatre's production of Coram Boy at the Imperial Theatre. Now in previews, the production will officially open May 2. Next up for Boyett Ostar is a transfer of Conor McPherson's Seafarer in the fall.