Nigel joined the group which owned the Playhouse Theatre in Bournemouth in 1974, swiftly gaining promotion from Trainee to Assistant and then to General Manager, gaining immensely from mentoring by one of the theatre industry’s best – respected veteran managers - Frank Tomsett.
Appointment in 1982 as General Manager of the group’s Strand (now Novello) Theatre meant a move to London and to a further expansion of his responsibilities in 1988, running both The Strand and the Theatre Royal Haymarket. On the expiry of the Strand’s lease in 2003 Nigel remained at the Haymarket and took on the role of Producer. Together with chairman Arnold M. Crook he developed a policy of a “season” of plays chosen and directed by a resident artistic director, most recently Jonathan Kent, Sean Matthias and Trevor Nunn, which helped to establish the Haymarket as a producing powerhouse.
In 2011 Nigel was asked to oversee the running of the Haymarket Masterclass Trust. Changing the staff structure he guided the new management to a hugely successful year, the highlight being the formation of Bravo 22, an ensemble of sick, wounded and injured military personal who rehearsed and performed a new play by Owen Shears based on their experiences and entitled The Two Worlds of Charlie F . The play was performed in January 2012 at the Haymarket to critical acclaim and the Bravo 22 company is scheduled to perform the play again at Birmingham, Cardiff, the Edinburgh Festival and a West End venue in the summer of 2012, following a BBC 1 screening of a documentary about the casting and rehearsal process.
Nigel was appointed a Trustee of Masterclass in May 2012 which “is a great honour - together with my fellow Trustees and the excellent management team running Haymarket Masterclass, I feel that all bodes well for an exciting future”