Nikolai Foster was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and grew up in North Yorkshire. He trained at Drama Centre London and at the Crucible, Sheffield.
His work has been seen in many of the UK’s leading regional theatres, touring houses and internationally.Foster has been director on attachment at the Sheffield Crucible, the Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre Studio and served as an Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. Now based in Leicester, Nikolai is Artistic Director of Curve Theatre, one of the UK's leading regional theatres.
Recently, Foster has directed acclaimed productions of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing (20th anniversary production - Arts Theatre, London); Brecht’s The Good Person of Sichuan (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Sherlock Holmes - The Best Kept Secret by Mark Catley (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Shelagh Stephenson’s The Memory of Water (New Vic, Stoke & Stephen Joseph, Scarborough); the European premier of Morris Panych’s The Dishwashers (Birmingham Rep); the Sondheim / Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); The Diary of Anne Frank (York Theatre Royal & The Touring Consortium); a major new production of the Broadway musical, Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds & on tour throughout 2015); Shakespeare’s As You Like It (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester) & Macbeth (Singapore Repertory Theatre, Fort Canning Park, Singapore).
Further work includes : The Bernstein / Laurents / Sondheim musical West Side Story (NYMT, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester); the Kander, Ebb & McNally musical play, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Arts Ed, London); a new adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations by Tanika Gupta (Palace Theatre Watford & English Touring Theatre); Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre, London), an original musical by Tom Hedley, Robbie Roth & Robert Cary; two major revivals of plays by Noel Coward : Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre) & A Song At Twilight (Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Theatre Royal Windsor and National Tour); Bryony Lavery & Jason Carr’s A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep 2009 & West Yorkshire Playhouse 2010), Barry Hines’ Kes, adapted by Lawrence Till (Liverpool Playhouse & UK Tour); David Essex’s All the Fun of the Fair (UK tours 2008/09 & 2010/12, also on film); Dempsey and Rowe’s The Witches of Eastwick (UK tour); Boucicault’s London Assurance (Watermill Theatre, Newbury & UK Tour); Shaffer’s Amadeus (Crucible, Sheffield); a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart & Don Black’s Aspects of Love (UK Tour & Nelson Mandela Theatre, South Africa); Orwell’s Animal Farm, Louise Page’s Salonika & Amanda Whittington's Bollywood Jane (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Johnson’s Dead Funny (Oldham Coliseum); Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Pegasus Opera); the Sondheim / Weidman musical play Assassins (Crucible, Sheffield); Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings (Liverpool Playhouse); Steinbeck‘s Of Mice and Men (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (Clwyd Theatr Cymru) and A Chorus Line (Crucible, Sheffield).