27 March 2015
The Bodleian Libraries have presented the Bodley Medal to Sir Nicholas Hytner, the outgoing Director of the National Theatre.
The medal was presented by Bodley's Librarian, Richard Ovenden, on 26 March following a public talk between Hytner and renowned playwright Alan Bennett in the Sheldonian Theatre. Bennett and Hytner have collaborated on several projects including the plays The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of King George.
The Bodley's Medal is the Libraries' highest honour and is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds in which the Bodleian is active: literature, culture, science, and communication. Past recipients include novelist Hilary Mantel, poet Seamus Heaney, director Lord Richard Attenborough and inventor of the world wide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee.