The South Bank Show

Nicholas Hytner

Series 1 - Episode 1 Nicholas Hytner



As soon as we hear that familiar Andrew Lloyd Webber theme tune, we know we’re in safe hands, and indeed Melvyn Bragg’s profile of National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner proves that The South Bank Show has lost nothing in its transfer to Sky Arts. It’s a typically thorough job, taking in Hytner’s formative years and creative influences before ending with a look at the man at work. And it’s here – as we see Hytner refining hit show One Man, Two Guvnors for its Broadway run – that we learn most about his methods.


Melvyn Bragg presents a profile of theatre director Nicholas Hytner, whose hits include War Horse, The History Boys and Miss Saigon. The film follows him as he prepares for the Broadway debut of his most recent West End success, the fast-paced comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, and returns to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester to recall his early days in the business. With contributions by Simon Russell Beale, Alan Bennett, James Corden and Richard Bean.