Nicholas Skilbeck


Current and forthcoming credits include: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (New York); FOLLIES (Royal National Theatre); TINA (Aldwych Theatre).

Credits include: TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT; GYPSY (Chichester Festival Theatre & West End); KATE BUSH: BEFORE THE DAWN (Hammersmith Apollo); CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); SWEENEY TODD (Adelphi); SISTER ACT (London Palladium); HAIRSPRAY (Shaftesbury); BILLY ELLIOT (Victoria Palace); MAMMA MIA! (Prince Edward); ACORN ANTIQUES (original workshop); CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (London Palladium); PEEPSHOW (Frantic Assembly and Lamb, Lyric Hammersmith); CATS (New London); and onstage with Victoria Wood in VICTORIA WOOD- AT IT AGAIN (Royal Albert Hall, UK Tour and ITV); CATS (New London Theatre)

As a Composer Credits Include: ASYLUM (Queen Elizabeth Hall); AFFAIRS OF THE HEART (Helsinki Theatre Dance Company); HELL BENT (International Tour) all for Nigel Charnock Company; MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and TWELFTH NIGHT for the Ludlow Festival. 

Nick is the co-author of the book THE SINGING AND ACTING HANDBOOK - GAMES AND EXERCISES FOR THE PERFORMER (published by Taylor and Francis).

07 September 2017

FOLLIES opens at the National Theatre

FOLLIES opens at the National Theatre

FOLLIES, by Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman, is directed by Dominic Cooke in the Olivier at the National Theatre. Nick Skilbeck is the Music Supervisor, Nigel Lilley is the Music Director & Conductor and Paule Constable is the Lighting Designer. 

The Artsdesk ★★★★★

“Music supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck and conductor Nigel Lilley have elicited the best possible work; there are stunning contributions from some of the best wind and brass in the business”

“evocatively lit by Paule Constable”

“You leave giddy with the richness and complexity of it all. one of the great classics of the musical theatre is magnificently vindicated.”

The Independent ★★★★★

"The hairs on the back of my neck were begging for mercy for they got barely a moment’s peace, what with the thrilling sound of the orchestra (under Nigel Lilley’s fantastic musical direction)"

"jaw-droppingly great"

The Guardian ★★★★★

“It is quite simply breathtaking.”

“a production that perfectly captures the sustained emotional arc of Sondheim and Goldman’s musical”

“Sondheim's showbiz stunner returns in breathtaking style”

Time Out ★★★★★

“’Follies' is no folly but a perfect, devastating evocation of the pain of looking back”

“There's nothing like a Stephen Sondheim musical to make you wonder what the hell everybody else is playing at. Revived with considerable expense, a lot of style…frankly extraordinary”

The Telegraph ★★★★★

“Unmissable, really.”

“the opulent spectacle of the night”

The Stage ★★★★★

“This isn’t just triumphant, it’s transcendent”

“Every 10 minutes or so there's another stunner of a set piece, sung impeccably”

The Financial Times ★★★★★

"an outstanding revival — spectacular, sassy, sorrowful and ultimately deeply sad. It’s as robust as an old trouper and as delicate as a cobweb, a brilliantly sustained reverie, superbly performed."

"the 21-piece orchestra bring the spectacle, while revealing in it the hollowness of fame and the damaging veneration of youth."

Broadway World ★★★★★

“it's thrilling, heartrending and utterly vital.”

“Nigel Lilley's magnificent brassy orchestra”

“Sondheim super-fans will certainly consider it worth the wait, but for the dedicated and uninitiated alike, it's simply spectacular theatre”

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“establishes the greatness of Follies once and for all”

“Its strength lies less in its spectacle than in the calibrated detail”

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“lending clever pastiche with passages of uncomfortable introspection, it’s a genuinely fascinating study of the dangers of nostalgia.”

“real emotional weight — eloquent about desire, fantasy, illusion and regret”

The New York Times  

"musical director Nigel Lilley’s 21-strong orchestra delivers the score with unusual luster: the brass section, by way of example, sends Buddy’s revelatory “The Right Girl” soaring"

"I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a “Follies” that carries the punch of the current staging"


"Guess that’s why they call him God"

If the foursome all realize how much they’ve been faking, they also come to see that the whole world’s a ruse. Divine"


02 May 2017



MLR's Nicholas Skilbeck returns as Musical Supervisor