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UK National Theatre Chief To Step Down In 2015

LONDON (AP) — The widely praised chief of Britain's National Theatre says he will leave his post in two years.

Nicholas Hytner plans to step down from one of the biggest jobs in the theater world in March 2015.

Britain's flagship state-funded theater company has had a run of successes since Hytner took charge in 2003, transferring hits including "War Horse" and "One Man, Two Guvnors" to Broadway and reaching millions with live broadcasts to cinemas around the world.

National Theatre productions reached 3.2 million people worldwide in 2012 and generated 80 million pounds ($122 million) in revenue.

Hytner also directs films, including "The Madness of King George" and "The History Boys."

The theater also announced Wednesday that Nick Starr, its executive director since 2002, will be stepping down next year.