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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.

Oslo - Harold Pinter Theatre
22 Sep
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: OSLO at the National Theatre

Oslo - Harold Pinter Theatre You won't want to miss this extremely classy evening that's intellectually fascinating, very entertaining and showcases the very best of New York and London's theatre talent.

The knotty but engaging play premiered on Broadway last year. It collected a raft of top U.S theatre awards before being remounted with the same director but a British cast for this brief run at the National Theatre, before it transfers to Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End.

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Mosquitoes - National Theatre
18 Sep
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: MOSQUITOES at the National Theatre

Mosquitoes - National Theatre Fancy a sophisticated evening combining family drama with science thrown in? Then this is the play for you.

Mosquitoes has a lot going for it; it's the latest work from Lucy Kirkwood, one of our most interesting playwrights who's proved herself adept at combining a big idea with great humanity in her recent hits Chimerica and The Children. It's directed by National Theatre supremo Rufus Norris and it stars Olivia Coleman.

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Footloose - Peacock Theatre
18 Sep
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: FOOTLOOSE at the Peacock Theatre

Footloose - Peacock Theatre It’s always a pleasure to sit amidst an appreciative audience enjoying an uncomplicated fun night of theatre and that was certainly my experience at the Peacock this week where a touring production of the beloved movie musical ended its travels with a London run.

I must confess I’ve never seen the film on which it’s based but it’s the small town story of how a party loving teen, dates the ministers daughter, persuades him to overturn a ban on social dancing and... no, actually that’s it.

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Strictly Ballroom - The Musical
12 Sep
New Shows
Phil Willmott

Strictly Ballroom Dances its way into the West End

Strictly Ballroom - The Musical Ballroom Dancing fans and those who love a good Cinderella story will be delighted to hear that the stage version of much loved movie musical Strictly Ballroom is coming to the West End after it's National tour.

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Will Young in Cabaret
07 Sep
News
Phil Willmott

Berlin Cabaret comes to the West End.... and Wimbledon

Will Young in Cabaret With the musical of Cabaret preparing to go back on tour why not satisfy your inner Sally Bowles and check out what's described as "Berlin's best burlesque act" when it stops off for one night at the rather glamorous cabaret room in the Hippodrome Casino just off Leicester Square.

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