Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SQL Implementation Consultant (VB,C#, SQL, Java, Eclipse, integ

£40000 - £50000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: SQL Impl...

SQL Technical Implementation Consultant (Java, BA, Oracle, VBA)

£45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: SQL Technical ...

Head of IT (Windows, Server, VMware, SAN, Fidessa, Equities)

£85000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Head of IT (Windows, Server, VMware, SAN, ...

Lead C# Developer (.Net, nHibernate, MVC, SQL) Surrey

£55000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Lead C# Develo...

Page 3 Profile: Rufus Norris, National Theatre Director

Theatreland seemed to be in a bit of a tizz yesterday. What gives?

After months of speculation, the National Theatre has named the successor to current director Sir Nicholas Hytner.

So who landed it?

Rufus Norris is to take on the role when Sir Nicholas steps down in April 2015. He has a track record of exciting productions at the Young Vic and has been directing plays at the National since 2006.

Will I have seen any of his stuff?

At the National, the most acclaimed and successful was London Road, a musical about the Ipswich murders, which he is turning into a feature film next year. Most recently at the National’s Olivier Theatre he directed The Amen Corner.

Anything else?

Other shows he has directed outside the National include Vernon God Little, Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin and Festen. He directed Cabaret at the Lyric and Savoy Theatres as well as the opera Dr Dee with blur frontman Damon Albarn.

Can I get a bit of background?

Norris is a 48-year-old father of two, who spent his childhood in Africa and Malaysia before an education in the UK.

Don’t you have to go to Oxbridge to even be considered for the job?

Norris didn’t go to university at all. He said there were times he regretted playing in a band and working as a painter-decorator instead of going to university but “it’s worked out”.

So what’s his plan?

Well, he has another 18 months before getting his feet under the desk, so plans are in their early stages. As well as continuing to bring in “the best artists to do  their best work” he seems keen to continue to push cultural diversity and the gender balance.

What was the reaction like outside of the National?

Overwhelmingly positive. Artistic directors of the Donmar, the Royal Court, Headlong Theatre and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse were all tweeting their praises. David Lan of the Young Vic said: “He’s very popular and well liked. He’ll get an enormous amount of support.”

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Career Services

Day In a Page

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering