Nigel Richards

Nigel trained at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he worked with Leonard Bernstein on the British stage premiere of The Mass. Since working with the composer Nigel has dedicated his career to developing new writing in Musical Theatre.

In the West End: The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s), Duke Frederick in As You Like It (Wyndhams), Grantaire & Enjolras in Les Miserables (Palace), Father Dominic in Martin Guerre (Prince Edward), Lucien Bonaparte in Napoleon (Shaftesbury), and the lead in Mark Ravenhill's Ten Plagues (Royal Court). Nigel made his Royal Opera House debut playing Dan in Kurt Weill's Songs From A Hotel Bedroom.

Most recently Nigel played Egeus and Snout in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Middle Temple, one of only two places still standing in which Shakespeare acted himself. Indeed, the premier of Twelfth Night was performed in Middle Temple over four hundred years ago.


Other theatre work: Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith), The Devil (Peglegg) and Georg in Tom Waits’ The Black Rider (London, San Francisco ACT, Sydney Festival & LA), Quasimodo in the Asian Tour of Notre Dame de Paris (Beijing, Guang Zo, Shanghai & Seoul), Woof in Hair (National Tour), Figaro and Leporello in MTL's The Marriage of Figaro & Don Givanni (Drill Hall, Vienna & Stuttgart) & Kurt Weill's Silverlake (Wexford Opera). Oswald in Ghosts, Macbeth, and Nanki Poo The Mikado (New Vic, Stoke), Eddy in Blood Brothers (Olympia, Dublin), Asdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle & Euripides' only extant satyr play, Cyclops (The Scoop), Tom in The Glass Menagerie (Oxford Touring Company), Me, Myself & I (Orange Tree), King's Rhapsody (Bromley).
He spent four years at the Bridewell Theatre in the premiers of Floyd Collins (Floyd), Hello Again (The Senator), Man 2 in Songs for a New World & The Cutting Edge (which transferred to the Donmar).

 Other premiers include Spend! Spend! Spend! (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Charlotte Saloman: Life Or Theatre (Soho Theatre, London, Philadelphia, Amsterdam), China Song (Drum, Plymouth), Danny in Baby (Forum,Manchester, where he had performed previously in A Funny Thing Happened ...), & The Green Violin (Amsterdam).


As a result of his work with Tom Waits, Nigel headlined with Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn in Drifting and Tilting: The Songs of Scott Walker (Barbican).

In concert, Nigel has performed in 5 Proms (as soloist with the John Wilson Orchestra), in Carousel as Jigger (Royal Festival Hall), with I Faggiolini (Wigmore Hall), twice as a soloist on Friday Night is Music Night, Billis in South Pacific (RTE Concert Hall) and the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert (Royal Albert Hall).

 Nigel's occasional TV and film work includes Stryver in the film of A Tale Of Two Cities (PBS),  Judge John Deed, Moon & Son, Doctors, Holby City (BBC), Virgin Birth, Sparkle Baby Sparkle (ITV).

On Radio Nigel played George in the award winning comedy The Secret Seven meet the Famous Five in the Dastardly Plot Against Communism, and Shaw's How She Lied to her Husband (RTE).

Nigel has performed his one man shows, From Blasphemy to Rapture & Not Enough Words for Love in San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur & London and wrote Larger Than Life for the Dama Orchestra at the KLPAC .

Nigel has been fortunate enough to have some pieces written with his voice in mind, notably the role of Thomas in The Stationmaster by Tim Connor and Sue Pierce, which premiered at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden in 2015, and the role of the Groom in Neil Gaiman and Lance Thorne's The Night Before My Wedding, which saw its first performance at Latitude 2015. Future pieces include a song cycle based on Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale called Leontes, by Geoff Page.

 

Nigel is a frequent lecturer in Musical Theatre and is currently Head of Acting Through Song at ArtsEd in London.

Nigel recorded his critically acclaimed debut album in 2009, called 'A Shining Truth', a collection of previously unrecorded songs by contemporary writers. Future recordings include a new Mass written by Van der Graaf Generator original member, Judge Smith.

 

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