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Phil Willmott

Phil Willmott

Phil Willmott, chief critic

Phil Willmott is an award winning director, artistic director, playwright, composer, dramaturg, arts journalist and occasional actor. A former Equity councillor and ex co-head of musical theatre training at Arts Ed he is one of the most commissioned writer/composers in the UK and a pioneering director of Greek drama. He directs classics, musicals and cutting edge new writing internationally and has been theatre critic for BBC London, Attitude and Gay Times.

Life and Fate / Uncle Vanya
18 May
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: The Maly Theatre of St Petersburg in UNCLE VANYA at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Life and Fate / Uncle Vanya I was expecting something plodding and staid, after all principal actors from the Maly Theatre of St Petersburg first performed this piece in London in 2005 and I was sceptical that it could feel fresh and energised after years of repetition. I'm happy to report that I was wrong, this is an exquisite, often revelatory production of the melancholy Russian masterpiece that is both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny.

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Red - Wyndham's Theatre
17 May
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: RED at the Wyndham’s Theatre

We knew John Logan’s play for two actors, RED, was a fine piece of writing when it was premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009 and went on to win Tony awards for many involved. However given the chance to see it again in a revival of Michael Grandage's delicious original production it’s apparent that it’s more than that. It’s rather brilliant.

Red - Wyndham's Theatre Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch in Red. Photo by Johan Persson.

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The Shroud Maker
14 May
News
Phil Willmott

Preview: The Shroud Maker

The Shroud Maker Theatre Maker Ahmed Masoud introduces a celebration of Palestinian Performance in London.

We asked playwright, director and academic, Ahmed Masoud about the inspiration behind his work, part of @70, this weeks Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture, in London.

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West End Bake Off
02 May
News
Phil Willmott

Celebrate the Royal Wedding with West End Stars... and their cakes!

West End Bake Off Ruthie Henshall and Wendi Peters have been announced as the initial judges for the fourth annual Right Royal West End Bake Off.

It’s become a bit of a West End institution over the years with the casts from London shows each entering a home baked, exuberantly decorated cake hoping it will be judged the best.

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Chess
02 May
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: CHESS at the London Coliseum

Chess There's an old theatrical adage, the clean version of which goes, “You can't polish a dud but you can roll it in glitter" and oh, the glitter wrapped around the first ever revival of rock musical CHESS currently enjoying a limited run at the London Coliseum.

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