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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.

Placido Domingo
18 Aug
News
Phil Willmott

You too Plácido? Opera Star Faces Accusations of Sexual Harassment

Placido Domingo As you’ll be aware the #metoo movement has empowered anyone who has been sexually abused to name their abuser and as a consequence, rightly or wrongly, careers have been destroyed even by the whiff of rumour.

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Costumes - National Theatre
18 Aug
News
Phil Willmott

Celebrating the National Theatre’s Costume Department

Costumes - National Theatre One of the reasons that the UK has heavily funded flagship theatre companies like the National Theatre is so they can be centres of excellence. And one of the ways the NT leads the world is in the quality of its costume design and making.

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Mad Drag
09 Aug
News
Phil Willmott

Meet the Stars of the West End as You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Mad Drag The Make A Difference Trust (MAD) is thoroughly good news. Fuelled by actors and the theatre profession they stage a number of events throughout the year to raise money in support of those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Mary Poppins
05 Aug
News
Phil Willmott

Cameron Mackintosh to Open Another New Version of a Former Hit

Mary Poppins Having replaced the classic production of Les Miserables with an acclaimed touring version producer Cameron Mackintosh will repeat the formula when he brings Disney musical MARY POPPINS back to the West End in a new form.

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Cyrano de Bergerac
05 Aug
News
Phil Willmott

Director Jamie Lloyd to Make 15,000 tickets Free to First Time Theatre Goers

Cyrano de Bergerac The news that popular theatre director, Jamie Lloyd is to take up another residency is good news for the West End. He provided a string of star-led quality productions at the the Trafalgar Studios, at the Duke of York’s and his Harold Pinter season has been a big hit. It seems he’s now to present a season of plays at the Playhouse Theatre.

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