Nicolai trained as a set and costume designer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (BA) and The Slade School of Fine Art (MFA), and has worked in the UK. Europe and the US. He is Represented by Rachel Daniels at Berlin Associates.
Selected work includes:
La Traviata (Stand Moutier, Switzerland), The Window (Rambert Dance Company) The Divided Laing(Arcola Theatre), Cock/Bull (Aalborg Teater, Denmark), The Lilly of The Valley (ROH2), Nordost (Salisbury Playhouse), Fanciulla del West (Opera Up Close) , Vieux Carre (Kings Head/ Charing Cross Theatre), Playing the Victim (Royal Court Theatre, Told by An Idiot), Some Girls are Bigger than Others (Lyric Hammersmith), Private Fears in Public Places (Royal Theatre Northampton), Eugene Onegin (Hampstead Opera) In The Jungle of Cities (Arcola Theatre, Splitmoon), Desert Boy (Nitro Theatre Company), Orpheo et Euridice (Scarlett Opera), Watership Down (Hammersmith Theatre), Here be Monsters (Rejects Revenge, Liverpool) , Medea (New York) Habe Kein Angst (Betty Nansen, Copenhagen) Winter under the Table, The Map Makers Sorrow (Eklektisk, Copenhagen), Mine (Kaos Theatre), Billy Budd (Southwark Playhouse), Shivered (Webber Douglas).