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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.

Peter Gynt - National Theatre
11 Jul
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review PETER GYNT at the National Theatre

Peter Gynt - National Theatre This play is usually called Peer Gynt. It’s a rambling pageant of symbolism by Henrik Ibsen that, some people believe, he never intended to be staged. Never the less it’s so often produced it’s Norway’s most performed work. There’s even an annual festival dedicated to it.

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Sondheim Theatre London
10 Jul
News
Phil Willmott

Good News and Bad News at 51 Shaftesbury Ave

Sondheim Theatre London It’s good news and bad news at the West End’s Queens Theatre.

Good news; Cameron Mackintosh has announced that in honour of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday next March, the Queen’s Theatre will be renamed the Sondheim Theatre. Hooray!

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Faith, Hope, and Charity - National Theatre
08 Jul
News
Phil Willmott

A Bleak Autumn Ahead at the National Theatre

Faith, Hope, and Charity - National Theatre The National Theatre have just announced a raft of new productions for the autumn. No doubt there’ll be warmth, humanity and humour in each but I must confess at first glance all of but two of the shows sound rather bleak.

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On Your Feet
08 Jul
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: ON YOUR FEET at the London Coliseum

On Your Feet The streets of London are bathed in sun at the moment but in the event of cloud you need only duck into the Coliseum Theatre for a top up of Cuban Sunshine.

ON YOUR FEET tells the story of Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio‘s rise from local wedding singers in Cuba to international pop royalty via Miami.

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Boy Toy
01 Jul
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: BOY TOY at Above the Stag Theatre

Boy Toy Now here’s a very interesting idea from London’s alternative theatre scene. Although perhaps it might be more accurate to call it a promising idea because although choreographer and theatre maker, William Spencer’s 60 minute narrative ballet, BOY TOY (based on the Coppelia story from classical ballet) is great fun, the most exciting thing about it is the potential he shows to really shake up LGBT theatre and beyond.

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