Move over Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire, there’s a new First Couple in town!
The owners of Ambassador Theatre Group may still have the Number One spot in the Stage 100 power players of British Theatre but there’s a new couple in town.
With the news announced today that Rufus Norris is to succeed Nicholas Hytner as Artistic Director of the National Theatre, his wife Tanya Ronder also takes more of the spotlight.
Like Norris, she also trained at RADA as an actor. She worked for fourteen years on stage and screen, appearing in shows such as Survivors, The Bill and Prime Suspect, before deciding that playwriting was her passion, in the same way that Norris decided that directing was his.
Her long list of writing credits include a number of recent projects at the National Theatre, meaning that the couple have both been very present at the venue throughout the process of looking for a successor to Hytner.
Currently playing at the National is her adaptation of Pirandello’s play Liolà directed by former National Theatre Artistic Director Richard Eyre, and she recently wrote Table, an evolving project with her husband Rufus Norris, developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio in the National’s temporary Shed venue.
Other projects include adapting Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding for the Almeida Theatre in 2005, and writing Or Nearest Offer for the venue in 2009. Also in 2009 she adapted a highly successful new version of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and at the O2.
In 2007 she adapted DBC Pierre’s novel Vernon God Little for the Young Vic, for which it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play and revived in 2011. Other adaptations include Peribanez (Young Vic), Night Flight (Muztheater, Amsterdam) and Macbett (RSC).
Her original work includes Table, which opened at the Shed venue at the National in 2013 to critical acclaim, directed by Rufus Norris.
Recent projects include an adaptation of Pirandello’s play Liolà at the National Theatre, and The Blake Diptych, a collaboration with the Fleur Darkin Dance Ensemble.
Tanya’s screenwriting credits include the short film King Bastard, which was also directed by Rufus Norris, and Random in 2010.