The National Theatre has announced that it is opening a New York office.
Led by Tim Levy, the office will oversee all of the NT’s North American work.
NT executive director Nick Starr said: “The National Theatre has been very grateful to be so warmly welcomed by American audiences over the years. We have a continuing appetite to bring our very best work to the US, both productions on stage and the National Theatre Live cinema screenings.
“It is also a great opportunity to align the National Theatre’s efforts with the indefatigable work and support of the American Associates of the National Theatre. Establishing this office will allow us to build on existing relationships with American theatre companies, and to continue to foster a theatrical dialogue involving artists from both sides of the Atlantic.”
Levy was formerly based at the National Theatre’s South Bank HQ before moving to New York, where he has already worked with the National’s US producing partner Bob Boyett on a number of the NT’s New York transfers.
Starr added that the NT hoped to continue to work with Boyett as a co-producer on the theatre’s US tranfers.
Boyett commented: “Working with the National Theatre has been a source of deep pleasure and pride for me for almost a decade. Under [artistic director] Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr’s leadership, it has been gratifying to watch the National flourish and to have produced many of their most notable productions in New York. Their new North American operation will be in very safe hands with my colleague and friend, Tim Levy, and I look forward to continuing to work with the National for a long time to come.”
The National’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors has been the most recent of its shows to transfer to Broadway, while War Horse is also still running in New York until January 6, 2013.
As well as presenting its work in the US, the National has also regularly transfered American work to its home base in London including recently Fela!, Steppenwolf’s August: Osage County and NT productions of works by contemporary American writers including Lisa D’Amour, JT Rogers, Tony Kushner, Stephen Sondheim, David Mamet, John Guare, Sam Shepherd and Tracy Letts.