Trevor Nunn, mega-successful director of Cats, Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard and other giant shows that have helped define the last 15 years of stage musicals, has been appointed the new artistic director of Britain's Royal National Theatre complex.
With a five-year contract that starts Oct. 1, 1997, Nunn will be leading Britain's foremost institutional theatre into the next millennium.
Nunn succeeds current artistic director Richard Eyre who will continue in the job until Sept. 30, with Nunn on board part-time to plan future seasons.
Nunn directed Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the National's Lyttelton Theatre in 1993, and on Broadway in 1995.
National Theatre Board Chairman Sir Christopher Hogg said "Trevor Nunn's skills and experience make him pre-eminently qualified to do the job and the Board looks forwad to another outstanding chapter in the Royal National Theatre's history being written under his direction."During his artistic directorship at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1968 to 1986, Nunn directed dozens of plays, including Henry V,, Romeo and Juliet, Once in a Lifetime, Othello and Measure for Measure.
He is best-known outside the UK for staging Nicholas Nickleby and Les Miserables (both with John Caird); plus Cats, Starlight Express, Chess, The Baker's Wife, Aspects of Love and Sunset Boulevard.
For Cats he co-wrote the lyrics to the hit song "Memory."
Nunn has also directed three films, Hedda, Lady Jane and the forthcoming Twelfth Night.
He won Tony Awards as Best Director of a Musical for Les Miz in 1987, Cats in 1983 and Best Director of a Play for Nicholas Nickleby in 1980.