Rufus Norris


The National's work is also seen on tour throughout the UK and internationally, and in collaborations and co-productions with regional theatres. Popular shows transfer to the West End and occasionally to Broadway; and through the National Theatre Live programme, performances are broadcast live to 2,000 cinemas in 50 countries around the world. Rufus Norris has been the Artistic Director of the National Theatre since April 2015. Norris came to prominence in 2001 with his production of Afore Night Came at the Young Vic, for which he won the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2004 he won his second Evening Standard Award and the Critics Circle Award for his production of Festen. Since then, Norris has directed a host of critically acclaimed shows, among them an adaptation of DBC Pierre's Booker Prize winning novel Vernon God Little at the Young Vic, and a West End revival of Cabaret, which won 2 Olivier Awards. Norris' 2008 Broadway production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels, won five Tony Award nominations. In 2013 Norris directed the opening production at the Shed space at the National, Table by Tanya Ronder.  In 2009, Norris made his screen debut with the short film King Bastard, written by Tanya Ronder. His debut feature Broken opened Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and went on to win Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards. Norris' second feature was the screen adaptation of London Road (2015). Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She received a degree in philosophy from Liverpool University in 1977. Duffy’s books of poetry include: New & Collected Poetry for Children (Faber and Faber, 2009); Rapture (Macmillan, 2006); Selected Poems (Penguin, 2004); FeminineGospels (2002); and The World’s Wife (2000), a collection of poetic retellings voiced by the wives of the famous and infamous. Her earlier volumes include: Mean Time (1993), which won the Whitbread Poetry Award and the Forward Poetry Prize; The Other Country (1990); Selling Manhattan (1987); and her first collection, StandingFemale Nude (1985), for which she received a Scottish Arts Council Award. In addition to poetry, Duffy has edited numerous anthologies, authored several critically-acclaimed plays and children’s books, and has collaborated with the singer and composer Eliana Tomkins on a series of jazz performances. Her awards include a five-year grant from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts in England, a Lannan Literary Award, and the T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize. Duffy was the longtime editor of the poetry magazine Ambit, and has been a frequent reviewer and critic for many publications, including The Guardian. Duffy was appointed as Britain’s Poet Laureate in 2009, becoming both the first woman and the first lesbian poet to hold the position in its more than 300 year history.