Sir Nicholas Hytner became an Associate Director of the National Theatre in 1990, and directed Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III. When a film adaptation was commissioned, Bennett insisted Hytner should direct it. The Madness of King George became his film debut. Hytner was Director of the National Theatre from 2003 to 2015 and introduced such innovations as live screenings to cinemas. He co-founded Bridge Theatre, the first wholly new theatre of scale to be added to London’s commercial theatre sector in 80 years.
Fellows are nominated by peers and elected by our Council of writers – our governing Board. Being elected a Fellow of the RSL is a lifetime honour. This role gives them the opportunity to support other writers, readers and the future of literature. The RSL connects writers in the Fellowship to one another, and to a wider readership.