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Supporting the National Theatre
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
This is Nick Hytner's, Director of the National Theatre, personal statement about why the National needs our help. It is taken directly from the NT's Frankenstein programme (and it was also in the NT's Season's Greetings programme).

Why do we need your help?

I believe a national theatre should celebrate and revitalise the great traditions of our stage and be a platform for debate, provocation and delight. Our building should buzz with activity and offer our audiences a truly great night out. That's what we are working towards. The National's productions have in common not just the highest standards, but more: large scale ambition - physical, emotional and intellectual. And our Travelex £10 Tickets mean that more people than ever before can afford to enjoy theatre of the highest quality. We need to invest in the future of theatre by developing new talent in our Studio and, through our Discover programme, by opening up the theatre to new audiences and practitioners.

We are restless to achieve more but to do so we need your help. While the National has the benefit of excellent box office income and financial support from the Arts Council of England this is not enough to realise our plans. I hope very much that you will be able to lend your support by making a financial contribution to the NT - either as a gift, a membership of a sponsorship. In this way you can play a vital role in ensuring that our national theatre is not only maintained but can move forward with confidence.

Nicholas Hytner
Director of the National Theatre

This statement pretty much explains why I love Nick to pieces - more than Mark, more than Benedict.

Nick - Frankenstein - I want to say to you that your building IS buzzing with activity and excitement about this production and you ARE delivering a truly great night out. Thank you for all your efforts at the National during your tenureship as Director - I for one am MASSIVELY grateful for all you have done and am loving your work - both as an Artistic Director and as the Chief Executive of the National. Go Nick!