Nigel Lilley

Nigel Lilley Portrait

MUSICAL SUPERVISOR/MUSICAL DIRECTOR

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)

Other credits include: SINATRA AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM; LES MISÉRABLES (Denmark); MAURY YESTON’S DECEMBER

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.  

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.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/follies-national-theatre-review-imelda-staunton-equal-first-stunning-company

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"

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/follies-national-theatre-dominic-cooke-imelda-staunton-a7934266.html

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”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/sep/06/follies-review-imelda-staunton-national-theatre-dominic-cooke

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”

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/follies-review

The Telegraph ★★★★★

“Unmissable, really.”

“the opulent spectacle of the night”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/razzmatazz-poignancy-cracking-songs-unmissable-sondheim-revival/

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”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/follies-review-at-the-national-theatre/

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."

https://www.ft.com/content/002b0d5c-93bc-11e7-a9e6-11d2f0ebb7f0

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”

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-Review-FOLLIES-National-Theatre-20170906

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“establishes the greatness of Follies once and for all”

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

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/follies-national-theatre-olivier-sondheim-staunton_44552.html?cid=homepage_news

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”

https://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/follies-theatre-review-imelda-staunton-gives-a-piercing-performance-in-gorgeous-sondheim-revival-a3628871.html

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"

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/arts/follies-sondheim-national-theatre-london.html

Variety

"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"

http://variety.com/2017/legit/reviews/follies-review-imelda-staunton-national-theatre-1202550230/

 

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”

“delightful"

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/the-go-between-review-at-the-apollo-theatre-london/ 

The Independent ★★★★

“enthralling, beautifully textured”

“Nigel Lilley coaxes rich orchestral colours”

“a striking imaginative integrity” 

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/the-go-between-apollo-theatre-review-an-enthralling-beautifully-textured-musical-version-of-l-p-a7070416.html

London Theatre ★★★★

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

“wistful, quietly wonderful show”

“a delicately textured score” 

http://www.londontheatre.co.uk/londontheatre/reviews/thegobetween16.htm

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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