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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.

Mamma Mia! The Musical
01 Mar
Returning Shows
Phil Willmott

All About MAMMA MIA!

Mamma Mia! The Musical The British government is being extremely cagey about the prospect of us having a summer holiday this year. So perhaps it is no surprise that we've seen an upturn in interest in this fabulous holiday themed show that incorporates hits from the Swedish pop legends ABBA. You may already have seem the much loved film starring Meryl Streep and its sequel but before all that it was a box-office, record-breaking, theatre hit. And Mamma Mia! is still going strong in London or at least it will be this June when it returns to the Novello Theatre after the threat from Covid subsides.

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Top 5 London Musicals
27 Feb
News
Phil Willmott

My Personal Top Five Shows to see as Theatre Emerges from Lock Down

Top 5 London Musicals The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has finally felt confident enough that we’re eradicating the Corona virus from our lives to announce what he calls a “road map”, a series of dates on which it is hoped various restrictions will be lifted. The plan concludes with to return to a semblance of normal life in early summer.

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The Old Vic
26 Feb
News
Phil Willmott

Phil Willmott’s Theatre Week: At Last, a Route Out of the West End’s Lock Down

The Old Vic This week has of course been dominated by the very welcome news that UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced the date from which we'll be allowed to watch theatre again. It's part of his third stage of lifting Covid restrictions and is currently scheduled for 17th May (but in the Government's words "at the earliest”).

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
22 Feb
News
Phil Willmott

Phil Willmott’s Theatre Week: A Note of Caution Regarding 17th May

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Overall today's announcement of when we can all go back into theatres should be a cause for much celebration. But there were a couple of caveats in Boris Johnson’s speech which we need to keep an eye on.

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To Kill a Mockingbird
22 Feb
Returning Shows
Phil Willmott

All About TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

To Kill a Mockingbird This is dramatization of one of the most powerful and widely read novels of the 20th Century. As a snap shot of racial tension in 1930's Alabama it's still widely taught as an introduction to the inequality and injustice Americans of colour still face today. It's also a storming court room drama, inhabited by vivid characters that will have you on the edge of your seat with suspense if you don't already know the outcome.

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