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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.

Oscar Wilde Season
13 Jul
New Shows
Phil Willmott

The West End gets Wilde!

Oscar Wilde Season After a popular and critically acclaimed time running Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Dominic Dromgoole has moved on to a new project aiming to demonstrate the power of the proscenium arch. What this describes is the traditional theatre set-up where by the audience sit in front of a stage and the action is framed by an architectural arch known as the proscenium, from an Ancient Greek term which roughly translates as “in front of the scenery”.

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Yank!
13 Jul
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: YANK! at the Charing Cross Theatre

Yank! It's great that London audiences, including me, are finally getting a chance to see Yank! the American musical by composer Joseph Zellnik with book and lyrics by his brother David. New Yorkers have been raving about it to me for years.

The revival currently playing at the Charring Cross Theatre, fast becoming the venue for quality and innovative musical theatre under the Artistic Direction of Thom Southerland, started life at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. The critics loved it and enterprising producer Katie Lipson has lead efforts to bring it to London.

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Evita
13 Jul
News
Phil Willmott

EVITA is back and should be better than last time!

Evita Producer Bill Kenwright’s rather elegant production of the classic Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita is headed black to the West End and it's going to be much better than the last time.

How can I be so sure? Well there are two very good reasons. The first is that the most recent revival was at the cavernous Dominion Theatre, a huge place the saps most shows of any personality - although not the current show An American in Paris, which is an absolute delight from beginning to end and which you should definitely try and catch.

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Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain
10 Jul
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: INSTRUCTIONS FOR AMERICAN SERVICEMEN IN BRITAIN at Jermyn Street Theatre

Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain What a treat to duck out of the sticky london heat and descend into the comparatively cool air conditioned Jermyn Street Theatre.

This month a genuinely funny comedy, Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain, awaits you, performed with infectious energy by three actors, Matt Sheahan, Dan March and James Millard (aka comedy troup The Real MacGuffins) who are so likeable they almost defy you not to enjoy yourself.

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The Mentor
10 Jul
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: THE MENTOR at the Vaudeville Theatre

The Mentor The Mentor, a 90 minute piece of theatre that's so slight it's scarcely more than a conversation piece, centres around a confrontation between two playwrights.

The first is an establishment figure celebrated for a play he wrote decades ago that's widely studied but seldom produced and the second is a newcomer recently heralded as the voice of his generation after a brief run of his expressionist play in a studio theatre.

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