Both men – Grandage in particular – have at various points been mentioned as heir apparents to current NT artistic director Nicholas Hytner. Do next year’s debuts give the nod to either? Speaking to Whatsonstage.com at this week’s press briefing on publication of the NT’s Annual Report, Hytner said: “I think it’s important for everybody who might be considered for this job to have worked here.”
As for who he’d pick to succeed him, Hytner is “unbiased”, but insists it’s far too early to be biased since “I’m going nowhere”. He plans to remain in situ until at least 2013, after the Olympics.
Grandage will direct Georg Buchner’s 1835 piece about the French Revolution, Danton’s Death, while Goold will helm JB Priestley’s 1937 “time play” Time and the Conways. Hytner said he’d been talking “for ages” to the pair about working at the NT and both “lobbied” for the plays they’re undertaking.