Speaking of his excitement at experiencing Punchdrunk’s new BAC-set promenade production of The Masque of the Red Death, in which visitors travel through the installation wearing masks, he was pleased that “no one knew that behind my mask was a ‘dead white male’”. The 51-year-old Hytner, who will launch next year’s £10 Travelex Season with a revival of George Bernard Shaw’s 1905 classic Major Barbara, said he couldn’t help but marvel at the younger generation of theatre-makers such as Punchdrunk. Rather than their pioneering efforts, he said, “I’ve got to look in the mirror now and say, ‘yeah, it’s Major Barbara for you…’”
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