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NT director: 'Feel-good culture' connecting with our times

Published: Wednesday 3rd of December 2008

The increasing appetite for "comfort culture" in the face of the credit crunch has been highlighted by a leading commentator.

And it seems the director of London's world-famous National Theatre agrees with him.

Writing in the Guardian, Jonathan Freedland notes that in times of trouble the British penchant for comfort food matches a rise in the consumption of 'feel-good' culture.

Nicholas Hytner, the artistic director of the National Theatre, spoke to Freedland about the massive success of the recent Broadway transfer of the Billy Elliot musical, which it is suggested has connected with the American consciousness with in its themes.

"It acknowledges pain, individual achievement in overcoming that pain and collective solidarity in the face of it," he says.

The National Theatre is at the heart of British dramatic and theatrical life and across its three performance spaces offers a range of thought-provoking works throughout the year.

LondonPass holders can enjoy free entry to the National Theatre Backstage Tour, giving them a fascinating insight into the workings of this much-loved institution, saving £5.90 for adults and £4.90 for children.

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