Rufus Norris to be new Director of the National Theatre

Stage and film director Rufus Norris, whose works have included a collaboration with Blur star Damon Albarn, is to be the head of the National Theatre, succeeding Sir Nicholas Hytner.

Stage and film director Rufus Norris Credit: PA Wire

Norris has been an Associate Director of the National for the past two years and worked with Damon Albarn on the opera Doctor Dee. He said:

"The National is an extraordinary place, full of extraordinary people, and I look forward with relish to the task ahead - that being to fill our theatres with the most exciting, accessible and ground-breaking work our unique and broad community of artists has to offer."

Rufus Norris will take over in April 2015.