Trevor Nunn

A heralded stage director of such London and Broadway hits as "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby," "Cats" and "Les Miserables," Trevor Nunn is the former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and current head of The National Theatre. After attending Cambridge, he began his career producing and directing plays at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. Within two years, he joined the RSC as associate director, a position he held until 1968 when he was named chief executive and artistic director. Administrative duties aside, Nunn first directed an actual production for the RSC in 1965, handing the children's play, "The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew" but it was his 1969 staging of "The Revenger's Tragedy" that established his reputation. During his tenure, he oversaw a number of acclaimed productions including "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967), "King Lear" (1968), "Coriolanus," "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Titus Andronicus" (all 1972). His first American foray was overseeing the RSC's 1974 production of "Richard II." In 1976, Nunn branched out into musicals with an adaptation of "The Comedy of Errors." But it was David Edgar's two-part version of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" that solidified his reputation. Co-directed with John Caird, the production opened to raves in London and on Broadway, where it won four Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Director. Nunn teamed with Andrew Lloyd Webber on "Cats," drawn from the poetry of T S Eliot, staging the musical and contributing additional lyrics (most notably to the show's signature tune "Memory"). The Broadway production earned seven Tony Awards (including one for Nunn's direction) and went on to become the longest-running musical in Broadway history in 1997.