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

Recent Projects

Upcoming & Recently

  • Producing & directing SAFE PASSAGE – a 7 play series tracing the history of child refugees coming to British jurisdictions since Kindertransport through to the contemporary situation for Syrian refugees to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from Sun 8th December -Sun 15th December (Sundays at 3p.m. + Weekdays at 2.15p.m.) 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.

Weekend Special review
Broadway World review
Programme

In Development

  • The Grenfell Inquiry with Richard Norton-Taylor planned for 2021 at the Troubadour Theatre, White City.
  • Preparing (Producing & Directing) the musical version of Playboy of the West Indies by Mustapha Matura (writer), Clement Ishmael & Dominique Legendre (composers & lyricists) which we workshopped at the NT Studio in April 2018. Scheduled for production in 2021. Click here for the Act 2 music, recorded in January 2019

“The Tricycle Theatre, under Nicolas Kent, mounted a series of momentous tribunal plays.” – Michael Billington, The Guardian (October 2019)

Guardian profile, 2015

FT profile, 2007

Guardian profile, 2004