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Nicolas Kent read English at St Catharine's College, Cambridge (1964-7). His first job in the theatre was as an ABC Television trainee director at the Liverpool Playhouse. In 1969 he became an Associate Director of George Baker's touring company Candida Plays. In 1970 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Watermill Theatre, and afterwards also directed free-lance productions at Richmond, Lancaster, Oldham, Perth and Watford as well as British Council tours of the Far East and Africa with MACBETH and Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY.

From 1970-72 he was Associate Director at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and then from 1976-81 Administrative Director at the Oxford Playhouse Company where he also directed over 20 productions.

In 1984 he became Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre in London. In 2006 he was the recipient of an Evening Standard Drama Award - Special Award for "Pioneering Political Theatre" for his work there. In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters at University of Westminster. In 2009 he received the Theatre Managers' Association Award for Individual Achievement. In November 2010 he received the Liberty Human Rights Arts award. His production of THE GREAT GAME played two command performances for The Pentagon in Washington DC in February 2011.In November 2011 he received the Peter Brook Empty Space Award for Individual achievement, and in 2012 the Freedom of the London Borough of Brent.

His productions at the Tricycle include the British or World premieres of: THE GREAT GAME- Afghanistan, a trilogy of plays by 14 writers (Olivier Award nominated &USA tour: Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, Public Theater, New York, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, & the Berkeley Rep, California), Frank McGuinness' GRETA GARBO COMES TO DONEGAL John Patrick Shanley's DOUBT, Carlo Gebler's & Jennifer Farmer's DARFUR - HOW LONG IS NEVER?, Abram Hill's WALK HARD, Richard Norton-Taylor's BLOODY SUNDAY (winner of an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement), Richard Norton-Taylor's JUSTIFYING WAR, Carlo Gebler's TEN ROUNDS, Nick Dear's new version of THE PROMISE, Jack Rosenthal's translation of Jean-Claude Grumberg's DREYFUS, Richard Norton-Taylor's THE COLOUR OF JUSTICE - THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE INQUIRY (Time Out Award - also in the West End Victoria Palace and National tour & at the National Theatre), Carlo Gebler's adaptation of Strindberg's DANCE OF DEATH, Yemi Osofisan's RWANDA, Goran Stefanovski's EX-YU, Keith Reddin's HAITI, Richard Norton-Taylor's NUREMBERG, Richard Norton-Taylor & John McGrath's HALF THE PICTURE (Time Out Award & first ever play performed in the Houses of Parliament), Bill Morrison's 6-hour trilogy A LOVE SONG FOR ULSTER, Alice Childress' TROUBLE IN MIND & WINE IN THE WILDERNESS, Tom Kempinski's translation of Jean-Claude Grumberg's A FREE COUNTRY, Yemi Ajibade's A LONG WAY FROM HOME, ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL, Leigh Jackson's THE ONE O'CLOCK WORLD and Alfred Fagon's LONELY COWBOY; as well as revivals of Frank McGuinness' FACTORY GIRLS, Mary O'Malley's ONCE A CATHOLIC, Brendan Behan's THE HOSTAGE & Shakespeare's MACBETH.

Other Theatre Credits include:

Gillian Slovo & Victoria Brittain's GUANTANAMO in the West End at the New Ambassador's Theatre and Off-Broadway at the Culture Project in New York & the Brava Theatre in San Francisco, as well as readings at the House of Congress in Washington DC and in the Houses of Parliament (2004), Richard Norton-Taylor's THE COLOUR OF JUSTICE at the Victoria Palace Theatre & Lyttelton Theatre and national tour (1999), His own SREBRENICA, at the National theatre (Olivier Theatre 1998), AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at the Lyric, Hammersmith (1995), Richard Norton-Taylor & John McGrath's HALF THE PICTURE at the Houses of Parliament (the first play ever performed there) (1993), Stewart Parker's PENTECOST at the Lyric, Hammersmith (1989), and Howard Sackler's THE GREAT WHITE HOPE for the Royal Shakespeare Company ( winner of the Time Out Award 1987).

ALSO in the USA Mustapha Matura's PLAYBOY OF THE WEST INDIES at the Chicago International Theatre Festival (1988) and Coward's PRIVATE LIVES (Court Theatre - Chicago 1987 +1988), Grumberg's THE WORKROOM (American Jewish Theatre New York 1999), GUANTANAMO by Victoria Brittain & Gillian Slovo (Culture Project, New York 2004), WALK IN THE WOODS by Lee Blessing (Northern Stage, Vermont 2010), THE GREAT GAME - AFGHANISTAN (The Shakespeare Theatre - Washington, The Guthrie Theater - Minneapolis, The Berkeley Rep, California and Public Theater - New York). (see above).

       
  Production Company Notes  
  JUSTIFYING WAR: SCENES FROM THE HUTTON ENQUIRY (2004) BBC4 Director  
  THE COLOUR OF JUSTICE - THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE INQUIRY (1998) BBC2 Director  
  HALF THE PICTURE (1993) BBC4 / Freeway Films Director  
  PENTECOST (1990) BBC2 Director  
  BORN IN THE RSA (1985) C4 as Producer;
directed by Barney Simon
 
  PLAYBOY OF THE WEST INDIES (1984) BBC2 Director  
  DECADENCE (1983) Quintet Films as Producer;
directed by Steven Berkoff
 
  OCEAN'S APART (1983) by Olwen Wymark
PRODIGAL GRANDFATHER (1983) by Donald Churchill
(Two 50 minute episodes in the SHARING TIME series)
BBC2 Director

 

 

 
DIRECTING CREDITS
     
  Production Company Notes  
  LETTER OF LAST RESORT Traverse Theatre by David Greig (Edinburgh Festival)  
  THE BOMB - A PARTIAL HISTORY(2012)
PART 1 - PROLIFERATION
Tricycle Theatre by Zinnie Harris, Ron Hutchinson, Lee Blessing & John Donnelly  
  THE BOMB - A PARTIAL HISTORY(2012)
PART 2 - PRESENT DANGERS
Tricycle Theatre by Colin Teevan,Ryan Craig, David Greig, Richard Norton-Taylor & Zinnie Harris  
  THE RIOTS (2012) Tricycle Theatre by Gillian Slovo  
  WALK IN THE WOODS (2012) Tricycle Theatre by Lee Blessing  
  TACTICAL QUESTIONING (2012)
THE BAHA MOUSA INQUIRY
Tricycle Theatre by Richard Norton-Taylor  
  THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN - PART 3 (1996 - 2009)
ENDURING FREEDOM (2009)
Tricycle Theatre by Ben Ockrent, Richard Norton-Taylor, & Simon Stephens  
  THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN - PART 2 (1979 - 1996) COMMUNISM, THE MUJAHIDEEN AND THE TALIBAN (2009) Tricycle Theatre by David Edgar & Siba Shakib  
  THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN - PART 1 (1842 - 1930) INVASIONS AND INDEPENDENCE (2009) Tricycle Theatre by Siba Shakib, Ron Hutchinson, Amit Gupta & Joy Wilkinson  
  GRETA GARBO CAME TO DONEGAL (2010) Tricycle Theatre by Frank McGuinness  
  DOUBT (2007) Tricycle Theatre by John Patrick Shanley  
  CALLED TO ACCOUNT Tricycle Theatre by Richard Norton-Taylor  
  THE WAR NEXT DOOR Tricycle Theatre by Tamsin Oglesby  
  DARFUR - HOW LONG IS NEVER? Tricycle Theatre by Carlo Gebler & Jennifer Farmer  
  WALK HARD Tricycle Theatre by Abram Hill  
  BLOODY SUNDAY Tricycle Theatre by Richard Norton-Taylor;
winner of Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement
 
  JUSTIFYING WAR Tricycle Theatre by Richard Norton-Taylor  
  TEN ROUNDS Tricycle Theatre by Carlo Gebler  
  THE PROMISE Tricycle Theatre New version by Nick Dear
by Aleksei Arbuzov
 
  DREYFUS Tricycle Theatre by Jean-Claude Grumber;
translation by Jack Rosenthal
 
  THE COLOUR OF JUSTICE - THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE INQUIRY Tricycle Theatre by Richard Norton-Taylor;
Time Out Award
 
  DANCE OF DEATH Tricycle Theatre by August Strindberg;
version by Carlo Gebler
 
  RWANDA Tricycle Theatre by Yemi Osofisan  
  EX-YU Tricycle Theatre by Goran Stefanovski  
  HAITI Tricycle Theatre by Keith Reddin  
  NUREMBERG, HALF THE PICTURE Tricycle Theatre by Richard Norton-Taylor & John McGrath; Time Out Award  
  MACBETH Tricycle Theatre by William Shakespeare  
  FACTORY GIRLS Tricycle Theatre by Frank McGuinness  
  ONCE A CATHOLIC Tricycle Theatre by Mary O'Malley  
  THE HOSTAGE Tricycle Theatre by Brendan Behan  
  A LOVE SONG FOR ULSTER Tricycle Theatre by Bill Morrison;
6 hour trilogy
 
  TROUBLE IN MIND & WINE IN THE WILDERNESS Tricycle Theatre by Alice Childress  
  A FREE COUNTRY Tricycle Theatre by Jean-Claude Grumberg; translation by Tom Kempinski  
  A LONG WAY FROM HOME Tricycle Theatre by Yemi Ajibade  
  ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL Tricycle Theatre    
  THE ONE O'CLOCK WORLD Tricycle Theatre by Leigh Jackson  
  LONELY COWBOY Tricycle Theatre by Alfred Fagon  
  NOTABLE OTHER LONDON PRODUCTIONS      
  GUANTANAMO (2004) New Ambassador's Theatre by Gillian Slovo & Victoria Brittain; Culture Project in New York & Brava Theatre in San Francisco, as well as a reading at the Houses of Congress in Washington DC  
  THE COLOUR OF JUSTICE - THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE INQUIRY (1999) Victoria Palace Theatre / National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre by Richard Norton-Taylor  
  SREBRENICA (1998) National Theatre - Olivier Theatre by Nicolas Kent  
  AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' (1995) Lyric Hammersmith    
  HALF THE PICTURE (1993) Houses of Parliament by Richard Norton-Taylor & John McGrath; first play ever performed at the Houses of Parliament  
  PENTECOST (1989) Lyric Hammersmith by Stewart Parker  
  THE GREAT WHITE HOPE (1987) RSC by Howard Sackler;
Time Out Award
 
  THE TRINIDAD SISTERS (1987) Donmar Warehouse by Mustapha Matura  
  NO END OF BLAME (1987) Royal Court by Howard Barker  
  TRIAL RUN (1980) Young Vic by Nigel Williams  
  LOVE OF A GOOD MAN (1979) Royal Court by Howard Barker  
  CLASS ENEMY (1978) Young Vic by Nigel Williams  
  YOU ARE MY HEART'S DELIGHT (1975) Soho Theatre by C.P.Taylor  

 

         
  Production Author Company Notes  
  CALLED TO ACCOUNT (2007) Richard Norton-Taylor BBC Radio 4    
  BLOODY SUNDAY (2006) Richard Norton-Taylor BBC Radio 4 Irish Radio Drama award winner  
  THE CONFLICT IS OVER (2010) Michael Eaton BBC Radio 4