The year-long appointment will begin in October. The appointment is named for Cameron Mackintosh, the producer of such mega-musicals as Les Miserables, Cats (both of which Nunn directed) and The Phantom of the Opera. Nunn said in a statement, “Having been invited to fulfill this role on two previous occasions, I am so pleased that this time the dates have worked out. The prospect of working with University students is immensely stimulating, and the year of work will give me the opportunity to get a lot of things off my chest.”
Nunn served as the artistic director and chief executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1968 to 1986, and as the director of the Royal National Theatre from 1997 to 2003. In New York, his work has included King Lear, The Seagull, Rock 'n' Roll, The Woman in White, Oklahoma!, Not About Nightingales, Arcadia, Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love, Chess, Starlight Express, Les Miserables (Tony Award), All's Well That Ends Well, Cats (Tony Award) and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby (Tony Award). He directed the London premiere of Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia and National Theatre revivals of My Fair Lady and Anything Goes, among many others.