Marianne Elliott confirms she will not apply to be NT artistic director

Winner of the Olivier award for Best Director, Marianne Elliot with presenter Lee Evans. Photo: Sarah Jeynes
Winner of the Olivier award for Best Director, Marianne Elliot with presenter Lee Evans. Photo: Sarah Jeynes
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Marianne Elliott has said she will not be in the running for the job of artistic director at the National Theatre, claiming that it would be “particularly difficult” to take on the role as a mother.

Nicholas Hytner, the current artistic director at the venue, announced earlier this year that he would be stepping down from 2015 and since then there has been speculation about who will take over.

Elliott has been an associate director at the venue since 2006 and has worked on productions such as War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - for which she picked up the prize for best director at this year’s Olivier Awards.

After being presented with her award she said she was “really flattered” to be suggested as a candidate for the job, but will not be applying because she “doesn’t have the right personality for it”.

She said: “It will be very difficult to follow in Nick Hytner’s footsteps and will be particularly difficult for a mother, which is what I am. I don’t think I have the personality for it - he’s an all-rounder Nick, a political person and an artistic person as well as being a brilliant director.”

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