Nigel Lilley

Nigel Lilley Portrait


Current and future projects include: FOLLIES (National Theatre); ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS (Shakespeare’s Globe) and GUYS AND DOLLS (Royal Exchange). 

Music Supervisor credits include: SWEET CHARITY (Royal Exchange); CHAPLIN THE MUSICAL (European Tour); BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (Phoenix Theatre); A WOLF IN SNAKESKIN SHOES (Tricycle Theatre); ANYTHING GOES (Sheffield Crucible & UK tour); THAT DAY WE SANG (Manchester Royal Exchange & Manchester International Festival); PAPER DOLLS (Tricycle Theatre); THE UMBRELLAS OFCHERBOURG (Curve Leicester & West End); SWEET CHARITY (Chocolate Factory/Theatre Royal Haymarket); TALENT (Chocolate Factory). 

Musical Director credits include: CAROLINE OR CHANGE (Chichester Festival Theatre); THE GO-BETWEEN (West End); CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); MY FAIR LADY, COMPANY (Sheffield Crucible); RAGTIME (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); SPRING AWAKENING (European premiere, Lyric & Novello); LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Chocolate Factory & Playhouse); PIAF (Donmar Warehouse & Vaudeville); LAUREN KENNEDY IN CONCERT (Chocolate Factory); LES MISÉRABLES (conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra); THE BACCHAE (National Theatre of Scotland & Edinburgh International Festival); ACORN ANTIQUES (UK Tour); THE LAST SESSION (UK premiere – Hackney Empire Studio); PUTTING IT TOGETHER (Harrogate Theatre)


SONGS (UK premiere - Greenwich Theatre); PHILIP QUAST AT THE

DONMAR (Divas season); PACIFIC OVERTURES (Donmar Warehouse).

Television credits include: VICTORIA (Mammoth/ITV); OUR FRIEND VICTORIA (Phil McIntyre Entertainment/BBC); THAT DAY WE SANG (Endor/BBC); VICTORIA WOOD'S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (BBC) UP THE WOMEN (BBC); 2008 ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE (conducting La Cage aux Folles) MUSICALITY (C4)

Nigel co-authored a guide to Musical Theatre auditions with Mary Hammond called “Thank you – That’s all we need for today” published by Edition Peters.

Trained: King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music, where he was the recipient of the DipRam award.  Nigel was elected as an associate of RAM in 2013.  

12 May 2017

Nigel Lilley is Musical Director and Paul Arditti is Sound Designer on CAROLINE OR CHANGE

Nigel Lilley is Musical Director and Paul Arditti is Sound Designer on CAROLINE OR CHANGE

Written by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori and directed by Michael Longhurst, CAROLINE OF CHANGE runs at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester until 3rd June. 


The Telegraph ★★★★★ 

“Beautifully staged and impeccably performed, this is an exceptional show”

“lavish execution of Tesori’s score that really captures the soul”


The Stage ★★★★★

“Complex yet big-hearted, joyfully exuberant but sharply political”

“devastatingly understated”


The Guardian ★★★★

“produced the most full-throated ovation I’ve ever heard”

“this is a radically pioneering musical: one that expands the form”


WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“The scenario might be small. The show is anything but.”

“A remarkable, unblinking chamber musical”

10 June 2016

Nigel Lilley is Musical Director on THE GO-BETWEEN at the Apollo Theatre

Nigel Lilley is Musical Director on THE GO-BETWEEN at the Apollo Theatre

This new musical adaptation of L.P. Hartley’s novel plays in the West End until 15th October, starring Michael Crawford.

The Stage ★★★★

“Daringly it’s played by a solitary virtuoso pianist – the brilliant Nigel Lilley, an entire symphony orchestra seemingly in his finger-tips.”

“gently evocative”


The Independent ★★★★

“enthralling, beautifully textured”

“Nigel Lilley coaxes rich orchestral colours”

“a striking imaginative integrity”

London Theatre ★★★★

“it's a joy to welcome a tender, truthful original British musical to London”

“wistful, quietly wonderful show”

“a delicately textured score”

What’s On Stage

“It's delicate, and unusual, refreshing even; full credit to musical director Nigel Lilley, who plays every note.”

Agent: Davina Shah

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