Nicholas Kent started his career at Liverpool Playhouse in 1967 as an ABC TV trainee regional theatre director. In 1970 he became Artistic Director of the Watermill Theatre, from 1970-72 Associate Director of the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and from 1976-81 Administrative Director of The Oxford Playhouse Company. From 1984-2012 he was Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre in London.
He has directed productions in over 100 theatres around the world including the West End and New York including productions at the NT, RSC, Royal Court, Donmar, Hampstead and Young Vic.
He is probably best known for the political work he did at the Tricycle Theatre, where the verbatim plays he directed became known as the Tricycle Tribunal plays, and included The Colour of Justice (the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry), Nuremberg, Srebrenica, Bloody Sunday (Olivier Award for Special Achievement), Guantanamo & The Riots. Most of these were broadcast by the BBC and two were performed in the Houses of Parliament and on Capitol Hill.
In 2009 he directed the 9 hour trilogy The Great Game - Afghanistan which was nominated for an Olivier award in London and subsequently toured the USA which included two command performances for the Pentagon in Washington in 2011. One year later he directed a two part eight play series looking at the history of nuclear deterrence: The Bomb: a partial history.
In 2014 he produced the world premiere of The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes by Rashid Razaq at the Arcola and in 2016 he directed Another World at the National Theatre and Drones, Baby, Drones at the Arcola Theatre.
Nicolas has also directed many plays for BBC television and radio and in 2017 he edited & directed his own play All the President's Men? in a co-production between the Public Theater in New York & the National Theatre in London for a special staged reading in the West End and on Broadway.