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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.

Stephen Sondheim - Andrew Lloyd Webber
24 Mar
News
Phil Willmott

Lloyd Webber v Sondheim. Who’s best?

Stephen Sondheim - Andrew Lloyd Webber These two guys have dominated musical theatre writing for the last half century. Their style is as different as chalk is to cheese but both celebrated birthdays recently (on March 22nd the populist, Lloyd Webber, was 71 and the sophisticate, Sondheim, was 89) so let’s have fun frivolously comparing and contrasting.

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Frozen the Disney Musical
19 Mar
New Shows
Phil Willmott

Disney’s Frozen Transfers to London – But Will They Improve It?

Frozen the Disney Musical It’s been announced that the Broadway musical based on Disney's massive hit movie musical will transfer to London, opening at a newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane this autumn.

The press release landed in our in-box at 7am with a typically breathless round up of stats and comments from the key people involved.

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A Midsummer's Night Dream - Bridge Theatre
18 Mar
News
Phil Willmott

Immerse Yourself in a Walk Through A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Summer

A Midsummer's Night Dream - Bridge Theatre Last year the swanky new Bridge Theatre near London Bridge had a massive hit with an immersive production of JULIUS CAESAR in which part of the audience walked amongst the action. I didn’t see it but apparently it was a thrilling experience to watch or participate in.

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Merce Cunningham Centennial | Barbican
18 Mar
News
Phil Willmott

Celebrating the Choreographer Merce Cunningham

Merce Cunningham Centennial | Barbican If you’re interested in contemporary dance theatre then you’ll be excited to learn of a series of events and performances celebrating the legacy of choreographer Merce Cunningham at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.

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Theatreland Quizzes
18 Mar
Quizzes
Phil Willmott

Taste our Delicious, “Just for Fun”, New Theatre Quiz

The arrival of the delightful pie-baking musical WAITRESS to London has inspired our latest “just for fun” quiz about references to food in theatre.

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