Webinar: ‘A conversation with Nicholas Hytner (1974)’

Date & timeTuesday, 26 January 7:30pm - 8:30pm
CostFree of charge
Booking closing date Tuesday, 26 January 12:00pm
Event type Webinar

Having been dormant for some forty years, the Hesperides Society has been re-founded by a number of English students with a love of literature, on the centenary of its inception. Join them online  on Tuesday 26 January as they mark the occasion with their first event, featuring Nicholas Hytner (1974), which is open to the entire Trinity Hall community.


About the event

‘A conversation with Nicholas Hytner’

To mark the re-founding of the Hesperides Society, we are delighted to welcome Trinity Hall alumnus, Honorary Fellow and former Director of the National Theatre (2003-2015), Nicholas Hytner (1974), for a discussion about his time in College and his fascinating career since.

The conversation with Nicholas, which will be led by the Acting Vice-Master of Trinity Hall and Director of Studies in English, Dr Daniel Tyler, will offer an insight into the career of Nicholas. The conversation will explore his experience as a student at Trinity Hall and how he went on to become a renowned theatre, film and opera director. It will also address the challenges faced by the performing arts during the pandemic.

The event will be streamed live via YouTube.


Bio: Nicholas Hytner

Nicholas Hytner, who read English at Trinity Hall in 1974, is Director of the London Theatre Company. Its first theatre, the Bridge, opened in 2017 and a new theatre in King’s Cross will open in 2021. His productions at the Bridge include Young Marx, Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

He was Director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015, where he directed plays by Alan Bennett (The Madness of George III, The History Boys, The Habit of Art); Shakespeare (Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Othello); plays from the classical repertoire (The Alchemist, Phèdre, London Assurance); and a wide range of new plays. He delivered a repertoire of 20 productions a year, including War Horse and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time, and introduced NT Live cinema broadcasts around the world.

He has worked widely in opera – in London, Paris, Munich and New York; and in film (The Lady in The Van, The Madness of King George.) Theatre awards include three Olivier, five Evening Standard awards and three Tony awards.

His book Balancing Acts was published by Jonathan Cape in 2017. He is an Honorary Fellow at Trinity Hall, Honorary Doctor of Letters at Cambridge University and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at the Juilliard School. He was knighted in 2009.


How to register

Online: Online booking is now open – please click here.

By email: Contact alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk with your name and how you are affiliated with the College. If you are an alumnus/alumna of the College, please include your matriculation year.

Please register no later than midday on Tuesday 26 January.

You will receive the joining instructions by 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 26 January which will include the link to the YouTube page. If you have not received the link by this date and time, please check your spam box before contacting alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.



If you have any queries, please contact Emma Grieveson on alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.