Nicolas Kent is a freelance director/producer.

He was Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, London from 1984 to 2012.
Prior to that he was a director of the Oxford Playhouse Company from 1976-1981.

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“What I love about Nick Kent is that he thinks big. Looking back over his years at the Tricycle, one obviously sees that in the way he has pioneered verbatim theatre. The process began in 1993 with Half The Picture, continued unforgettably with The Colour of Justice and Guantanamo and reached a triumphant climax last year with The Riots. Who else but Nick would have the chutzpah, the courage and the sheer political nous to put on a play that reacted so swiftly to public events and shamed the government in its failure to launch a proper enquiry?

At a time when many theatres have become timorous, Nick has also shown an insatiable appetite for grand projects. The Great Game: Afghanistan vitally put the current muddled occupation into its historical context and now The Bomb has reminded us of the world’s dependence on nuclear arsenals. In addition to staging big-issue shows, Nick has done many other valuable things: hosted a wealth of Irish plays, raised the profile of black and Asian actors and encouraged young producers and directors. As a critic, I have always set out for the Tricycle with the highest hopes and rarely been disappointed. Nick hands over to his successor a brilliantly thriving theatre that, under his stewardship, has always punched way above its weight.”

Michael Billington O.B.E., Theatre Critic of The Guardian

Profiles

Presently

  • Directed a BBC Afternoon play SUNRISE by Amit Gupta about the development of the Indian Nuclear Bomb (Producer: Promenade Productions) – Scheduled: 2.15p.m. Radio 4  on Thursday 5th November  2020

  • Produced 6 weekly podcasts about Covid-19 with Mark Thomas for the Wellcome website & click on stories at the top and scroll down to:- Mark Thomas’s Lockdown Check-up. Available from September 2020 onwards

  • GROOMED by Patrick Sandford in a film by Nancy Meckler on which I was one of the Executive Producers, is available from SohoTheatreOnDemand.com
    ★★★★ The Guardian

In Development

  • A staged version of my translation of Jean-Claude Grumberg’s “La Plus Précieuse des Marchandises” at Jewish Book week -July 2021.

  • Directing The Grenfell Inquiry edited by Richard Norton-Taylor to be presented by Tricycle Tribunal Plays Ltd planned for 2021/2 at the Troubadour Theatre, White City.

  • Producing & Directing the Musical version of Playboy of the West Indies by Mustapha Matura (writer), Clement Ishmael & Dominique Le Gendre (composers & lyricists). Click here to watch excerpts from the workshop at the NT Studio (in April 2018), and to hear the Act 2 music (recorded in January 2018). Scheduled for production in 2021/2.

Recently

  • Co-produced & co-directed THIS IS YOUR COUNTRY NOW, TOO… – a 7 play series tracing the history of child refugees coming to British jurisdictions since Kindertransport through to the contemporary situation for Syrian refugees. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2019, with plays by Jonathan Myerson, Chino Odimba and Ben Ockrent

  • Directed Mark Thomas: Check-Up – Our NHS @ 70 – at the Traverse Theatre for Edinburgh Festival 2018, Arcola Theatre in October 2018 and on a national tour ending at the Battersea Arts Centre in May 2019. There was a special performance for the Department of Health and Social Care in Whitehall on 7 May 2019.

    ★★★★ The Guardian
    ★★★★ Daily Telegraph
    ★★★★ Financial Times
    ★★★★ The Independent
    ★★★★ Time Out
    ★★★★ The Scotsman
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  • Directed a South African Cape Coloured version of David Greig’s Midsummer (adapted by David Kramer) and re-titled HAPPY NEW YEAR at the Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, in February/March 2019.

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