Nicolas Kent

Theatre, televison & radio director/producer

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James Baldwin’s Last Amen

“It just sang to me. It was the most extraordinary script I’ve read. I started reading it on a Saturday morning in bed, finished it about an hour and a half later, and immediately rang Anton and said ‘we have to do this’”

Nicolas Kent features in the BBC Radio 4 documentary James Baldwin’s Last Amen, in which Clarke Peters recalls the 1987 production of The Amen Corner and his unique relationship with the American writer.

Listen on BBC Sounds

Mustapha Matura (1939 – 2019)

Click here to read the obituary in The Guardian.

Click here to read the obituary in The Stage.

Playboy of the West Indies

Excerpts from the workshop at the National Theatre Studio (recorded April 2018)

Act 2 music (recorded January 2019)

Mural at St Mary’s Hospital (2019)

Commissioned artist Rutie Borthwick for a mural installed in St Mary’s A & E mental health assessment room.

Groomed (2019)

Executive producer on GROOMED a film by Nancy Meckler of Patrick Sandford’s play. 

★★★★ The Guardian

Available from Soho Theatre On Demand until 27th August

Visitors’ Arts Foundation (2013)

I am a director and founder (with Charles Rifkind) of the Visitors’ Arts Foundation. We have been campaigning for a London-wide hotel tax to provide additional funding for free entry museums, galleries, libraries and parks. We have had numerous meetings with the Mayor’s Office, Hotel Groups and Museums & Galleries. We hope this scheme will become a reality before too long. 

Free travel for students (2002)

Negotiated with Transport for London for a free TFL scheme for School students to travel free by tube and bus to all arts events in the capital – during Ken Livingstone’s first term as Mayor.

Tricycle Cinema (1999)

Commissioned Tim Foster Architects for the ACE Lottery Funded/Brent Council & Public subscription funded

300 seat Tricycle Cinema completed and winner of a Royal Institute of British Architects award.

Cloud railway bridge (1998)

Arranged the commission of the Cloud railway bridge by Ralph Koltai over the Kilburn High Road.

Statue at St Mary’s Hospital (1995)

Commissioned bronze statue by Allan Sly, “GETTING BACK ON THE RIGHT FOOT”, outside St Mary’s Hospital – main entrance of Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Wing. In honour of my parents Henry & Mary Kent.

Pay What You Can (1987)

Initiated the first British “Pay what you can” ticket scheme, which was then championed by the Mark Fisher, the then Minister for the Arts, in a House of Commons debate on future theatre practice.

Michael Billington’s ‘State of the Arts’ (2019)

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

Mark Thomas: Our NHS @ 70

★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ The Scotsman

Full video of the show available on Mark Thomas’ website.

UK Friends of Healing Focus

I was very proud to sit on the Board of Directors of UK Friends of Healing Focus, an orphanage school in Uganda. We are always extremely grateful for financial help to support the school’s 250 pupils. You can find out more about donating on their website.

All The President’s Men?

“A Starry C-Span Supercut with Bite”New York Times
“A testament to how electrifying real life can be”Huffington Post
“A superb cast … political theater as entertaining as it was urgent”Hollywood Reporter
“As orchestrated by Kent, the portrayals were all smooth, ably laying out for the audience the tension, wit and banality of the committee hearings.”Washington Post
Click here to watch videos.

Another World

★★★★ The Guardian 
★★★★ Daily Telegraph 
★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ Time Out

The Price of Oil

Produced THE PRICE OF OIL with Jack Bradley & Jonathan Myerson for BBC Radio 4 a week-long series of 7 plays exploring the post-1945 HISTORY OF OIL. 26th September- 3rd October 2015 Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 BBC recordings available to purchase on Amazon

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes

Directing and producing (for Nick of Time Productions Ltd) the World premiere of THE NIGHTMARES OF CARLOS FUENTES by Rashid Razaq based on the short story by Hassan Blasim (Co-produced with Nabil Elouahabi). July 23rd – 16th August 2014 ARCOLA THEATRE

St Mary’s Church, Fairford

Co-writing with Denys Hodson and recording an audio-guide to the stained glass windows in St Mary’s Church, Fairford, Gloucestershire. With recordings from: Marcel Berlins, Ron Cook, Jeremy Clyde, Michael Cochrane, Frances de la Tour, Lindsay Duncan, Nabil Elouahabi, Paul Freeman, Celia Imrie, Belinda Lang, Joanna Lumley, Hayley Mills, Bill Nighy, Tim Piggott-Smith, Alan Rickman, Anne Robinson, Mark Rylance, Jon Snow, Zoe Wanamaker & Richard Wilson. Here is a visual link to the windows. And here is a sound link from BBC Radio 4:

No, I Just Don’t Believe It

Directed a reading of my translation of Jean-Claude Grumberg’s NO, I JUST DON’T BELIEVE IT with Michael Gambon & Frances de la Tour at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. Download script →

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