September 2015 saw Nigel reunited with director Christopher Luscombe when he composed the score for a new play at Shakespeare's Globe, Nell Gwynn, by Jessica Swale. It was Nigel's fifth production at the Globe, having previously scored The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, Henry VIII and The Knight of the Burning Pestle.
The production has now transferred to the Apollo Theatre in London's West End for a limited run and stars Gemma Arterton in the iconic role of Nell.
"It is much helped by Nigel Hess's score, which sets bawdy lyrics to seductive melodies and sends the audience out humming Nell's: "I can dance and I can sing / And I can do the other thing"." Michael Billington, The Guardian ****
"Composer Nigel Hess's gorgeous compositions co-exist organically with a cast who light up the stage." Mark Shenton, The Stage *****
"The play is infused with beautiful music by Nigel Hess." Laura-Jane Foley, London Theatre *****