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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.

Message in a Bottle - Kate Prince Company
24 Feb
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE at the Peacock Theatre

Message in a Bottle - Kate Prince Company I was both dreading and looking forward to this new piece in which ZooNation’s Kate Prince explores the plight of migrants by setting narrative-dance to the music of veteran pop star Sting and his band the Police.

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West Side Story - Broadway
24 Feb
News
Phil Willmott

The 456 Year Old Playwright with New Shows in London and New York

West Side Story - Broadway That playwright is of course William Shakespeare and the three shows are inspired by his life, plots and characters - UPSTART CROW and & JULIET in the West End and Ivo Van Hove’s new staging of WEST SIDE STORY on Broadway.

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soldier-of-orange.jpg
17 Feb
New Shows
Phil Willmott

Ouch! I Predict Someone’s Going to Lose a Lot of Money

soldier-of-orange.jpg Of course we must be positive about any audacious theatrical enterprise but whilst I wish the Dutch producers of musical, SOLDIER OF ORANGE, every success with it in London, the way in which they’re exporting it after 9 years of success in Holland suggests they’ve little understanding of the market here.

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The Shark is Broken
07 Feb
New Shows
Phil Willmott

A Fun and Fishy West End Play Goes on Sale Today

The Shark is Broken The Ambassadors Theatre used to be unavailable to producers whilst the percussive dance musical STOMP was in residence for years. Although that was a wonderful show it's good news for London theatre goers that they vacated the venue because if frees up one of the West Ends smallest venues for a series of fascinating and enticing productions that wouldn’t be able to fill one of the bigger more expensive buildings.

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The Welkin - National Theatre
23 Jan
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: THE WELKIN at the National Theatre

The Welkin - National Theatre What a fascinating time playwright Lucy Kirkwood must have had researching this play which supposes that in 1759 12 housewives have been brought together to consider the fate of a deranged young woman who is convicted of killing a child.

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