Firstly, why not check out our full story on Norris' appointment (including all the tweets from the press conference this morning) by following this link...
Theatre News: Rufus Norris an "absolutely brilliant choice" as National Theatre artistic director http://t.co/mSJrPWXJPw— WhatsOnStage (@WhatsOnStage) October 15, 2013
Ok, let's get started with some industry reactions. First up Vicky Featherstone, new artistic director of the Royal Court:
Hooray. That's truly fantastic news about Rufus Norris. A brilliant man and thrilling director. The future is bright.— Vicky Featherstone (@vicfeatherstone) October 15, 2013
...and another new AD, Jeremy Herrin of Headlong...
Well done Rufus, Well done NT. It's a terrific appointment.— Jeremy Herrin (@JerHerrin) October 15, 2013
Similar sentiments are expressed from some other London theatres...
Rufus Norris is hugely admired within these walls. Exciting times ahead for the theatre world #NTAD— Albany Deptford (@TheAlbanySE8) October 15, 2013
Congratulations to Rufus Norris. A very fine choice!— Gate Theatre (@gatetheatre) October 15, 2013
...while playwright Natalie Mitchell voices qualified praise...
Rufus Norris, good choice. Would have liked to see a woman in the role though.— Natalie Mitchell (@Mitchell_Nat) October 15, 2013
...and those within the National seem pleased. Here's Digital Content producer Maya Gabrielle:
Rufus Norris was the right choice. He loves the NT, doesn't see it as a career choice and all the staff here are so happy he got the job.— Maya Gabrielle (@Maya_Gabrielle) October 15, 2013
Some people were confused by the appointment...
What? Chuck Norris is the new NT AD?— Dan Baker (@dan_baker83) October 15, 2013
Have I heard right, is Rufus Wainwright the new Director of National Theatre?— Cog Design (@cog_design) October 15, 2013
Others, meanwhile, are more concerned by the 'hotness' of the National's new head honcho...
@gemmabodinetz My daughter no.2 once described rufus norris as 'quite hot for an old guy'.— Tanika Gupta (@Tanika_Gupta) October 15, 2013
...detractors are keeping quiet (at least for now):
...but one thing's for certain, our readers seem to be (almost) unanimous in their response:
Do you think Rufus Norris is the right choice for the National Theatre? RT for yes, Fav for no.— WhatsOnStage (@WhatsOnStage) October 15, 2013
What do you make of Norris' appointment? Tell us in the comments below...
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