For nearly 30 years Nica Burns, led prices Edinburgh Comedy Festival. As the owner of the influential theater in London, is also a supporter of the current West End Nica Burns has a limp, and yet I'm running to keep up. A few days ago, turned his ankle in a box - "typical lesion of Edinburgh," she laughs - and when I see the tail of a comedy concert in the afternoon moves into a lock. But it is full of energy, buttonholing me in what I saw, whether it is good. By the time we sat, we talked about everything from the design of their favorite places for young actors do not deal with disturbances ("non-political," he says, "they just want to tell jokes") .Burns
many races, it is difficult to know who I am interviewing. He is an actor who became a screenwriter and director, and after obtaining the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden in operation, made his name as a commercial producer with a knack for issuing the red carpet, flying in the production of West End, as Deborah Warner and Fiona Shaw
Medea (2001), David Schwimmer in Neil LaBute
Some Girl (s) (2005) and Kevin Spacey in the A Moon for
(2006). In 2005, he became co-owner, American businessman Max Weitzenhoffer, the four theaters of London (which now has five). In the survey of the last stage of the most influential people in the film industry, the pair of them in seventh place. Burns remained as president of the Society of London Theatre, the organization representing theater owners and producers. It is, in other words, a constant presence in the British drama regret on funding and the inability to park in the West End -. Although much more fun
past 27 years, Burns has also made what was once known as the Perrier Comedy Award at Edinburgh. She fiercely defended the price, to the extent funded by £ 150,000 of his own money when Perrier is called the time of the relationship and later one of the sponsors was caught in the jaws of the credit crisis. Last year, announced a new agreement with Foster beer. Shaftesbury Avenue theater can be the center of his empire, but it is clear that his heart is several hundred miles north.
Therefore, it is to Edinburgh to make an appointment. His mind is still ongoing in the comedy. "It's an incredible moment right now," he says enthusiastically, in the surrounding areas of the Hotel New Town. "We have Tim Minchin, who won the award for best newcomer in 2005, wrote a musical version of Roald Mathilde for CSR. Dahl and Daniel Kitson [2002 winner] taking place in the National. " Edinburgh is fundamental to the worldview of Burns. After drama school, after a fairly miserable time acting in regional theater, she and a friend had a show at the Edinburgh Festival in 1982, an adaptation of a novel, dulcimer by HE Bates. ("One of the two hands, but especially me, that was the point.") Is a cost of £ 600, and all had to be transported on the roof of the Ford Escort of Burns. "My savings repetition" he said. "This was the first risk I took in terms of money, investing everything he had earned in a production."
dulcimer has become one of those success stories of Edinburgh, sale and then moved to London. It seems that the actor somehow typical strangers who shared a dressing room was Harry Enfield.
was also a chance meeting in Edinburgh with Ian Albery Theatre owner, who led the first great work of Burns - Artistic Director of the Donmar. A former banana warehouse maturation, which was bought by Father Donald Albery as a rehearsal space for Margot Fonteyn (Donmar is an acronym of their surnames) and then used by the CBC as a London pied-à-terre in the 70's. Although Trevor Nunn productions hosting
, with Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, RSC exit left a hole, remember Burns when he reached 20 years late 1983. "The box office was a young man sitting on a stool at the top of the stairs with a petty cash box and some letters of wardrobe. There was nothing." Companies were invited to visit as Cheek by Jowl and the Irish company Druid to complete, and added the night of comedy at all. When he took over in 1990, Sam Mendes, the little theater had developed a reputation as a great place to watch the action closely.
Mamma Mia! set the trend in 1999, and with programs like