Nigel Richards, Creative Director

Nigel has had 30 years experience working in the West End, including playing the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. He lectures worldwide in Musical Theatre and, since working with Leonard Bernstein in 1986 on the British stage premier of Bernstein’s Mass at the Barbican, has worked closely with new writers as both performer and dramaturg, working at the National Theatre on three occasions as advisor on new writing. Nigel is an established leading man in Musical Theatre, having also played Enjolras in Les Miserables, Eddy in Blood Brothers, Quasimodo in Notre Dame de Paris and originated lead roles in the British premieres of Spend!Spend!Spend!, Martin Guerre, Napoleon, Floyd Collins, Baby, Hello Again and Songs For a New World. His eclectic career spans touring the world with Tom Waits in The Black Rider, and soloist with Cirque de Soleil, to playing Figaro in Vienna, and the lead in Songs from A Hotel Bedroom at The Royal Opera House. He has been soloist for the John Wilson Proms on four occasions from the Royal Albert Hall. His passion for nurturing new writing culminated in his award winning 2009 album of new musical theatre songs, A Shining Truth, called by the Independent ‘not so much an album as a manifesto, a love letter to new writing’.  Nigel was most recently seen in Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical By Jeeves, directed by Ayckbourn himself, and is currently playing the lead in Son of a Preacher Man touring nationwide. Nigel is also a writer.