Give theatre some media credit
The MediaGuardian has published its annual ONE HUNDRED featuring the 100 most powerful and influential media people in the UK.
We are pleased to see that Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, still makes the cut at number 39. He first appeared on the list in 2008 and is still wowing the Guardian (and us) with his NT Live cinema releases, Spielberg’s interest in bringing War Horse to the big screen and in attracting big-hitting film directors such as Danny Boyle to his theatre.
All commendable but why is Sir Nick singled-out annually when there is much going on in West End theatre that has large-scale media cross-over, from Andrew Lloyd-Webber fronting BBC One primetime shows (and managing to cross-promote his new West End productions on the BBC – quite an achievement), to Caro Newling at Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions. She must rank as one of the most powerful women in theatre/media at the moment, having produced big-budget movies and shows – including the forthcoming DreamWorks Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
19 July 2010