Hytner Reveals Impact of War Horse & Guvnors in NT Report
Headline figures released by the National Theatre include:
During a lunch session at the NT to launch the report, questions from the gathered journalists centred largely on the continuing commercial impact of War Horse and recent hit One Man, Two Guvnors.
Executive director Nick Starr revealed that revenues from War Horse, which is currently running in the West End and on Broadway and is being made into a film by Steven Spielberg, had made the large-scale staging of productions such as The Kitchen and Emperor and Galilean possible. One Man, Two Guvnors meanwhile has already taken nearly £2million in advance box office at the Adelphi Theatre.
Hytner then revealed that One Man, which he directed, is "very likely" to transfer to Broadway in April, and that a new cast is currently being sought to take the Richard Bean comedy to another West End venue following its limited run at the Adelphi.
In response to a question from Whatsonstage.com regarding the distribution of profits from these productions, Hytner revealed he voluntarily takes no money from any West End or Broadway transfer of his own National Theatre productions. He said this meant he could avoid accusations of a "conflict of interest" in his programming, and also means the funds get fed back to the theatre he has run since 2003.