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Inspiring People at the North Wall

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JN
The North Wall Arts Centre

In the first of a new series of talks at The North Wall, George Fenton interviews Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre from 2003 to 2015, about his recent book, which candidly illustrates the competing forces at play in a major arts venue. Balancing Acts is the inside story of twelve years at the helm of Britain’s greatest theatre. It is a story of lunatic failures and spectacular successes such as The History BoysWar Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors; of opening the doors of the National Theatre to a broader audience than ever before, and changing the public’s perception of what theatre is for. Its cast includes the likes of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren.

George Fenton, a former pupil and now Governor of St Edward’s School, is a multiaward-winning composer best known for film and television scores such as Gandhi, The Blue Planet and Cry Freedom. George and Nicholas are regular collaborators, including on such projects as The Madness
of King George and The Lady in the Van.

Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at The National Theatre was published by Jonathan Cape in May 2017. Nicholas will be available to sign copies of his book after the talk.

The Inspiring People series is a joint venture between The North Wall Arts Centre on South Parade in North Oxford and its principal sponsor, St Edward’s School. The title reflects the nature of our eminent speakers, and also the driving force of the two organisations, each of which has a mission to educate and to inspire – within School and in the wider community.

Booking at or on 01865 319450

The number of seats for this event is extremely limited so please do book early to avoid disappointment. 


Free for school groups 

£5 for univeirsty students 

£10 for members of the public

The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Oxford, Ox2 7JN

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