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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.

The Starry Messenger
18 Jan
New Shows
Phil Willmott

One of Broadway’s royalty is headed to London’s West End

The Starry MessengerMatthew Broderick is to star opposite Elizabeth McGovern in Academy Award-winner Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger.

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Ellie Nunn (Minnie Gascoyne) and Matthew Biddulph (Joe Gascoyne) in The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre. Photography Idil Sukan
17 Jan
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: THE DAUGHTER IN LAW at the Arcola Theatre

Expect to see a lot of D.H. Lawrence as the work of the renowned novelist has recently entered the public domain. He also wrote plays and every ten years or so we’re delighted afresh to rediscover them.

Ellie Nunn (Minnie Gascoyne) and Matthew Biddulph (Joe Gascoyne) in The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre. Photography Idil SukanEllie Nunn (Minnie Gascoyne) and Matthew Biddulph (Joe Gascoyne) in The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre. Photography Idil Sukan.

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Les Miserables
16 Jan
News
Phil Willmott

The Mystery of the Shape-shifting Les Mis!

Les Miserables Les Misérables, arguably the best musical of the past 30 years and a juggernaut hit around the world, is going walk-about in the West End, and by the time it settles into its new home long term fans many not recognise it.

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Songs for Nobodies
14 Jan
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: SONGS FOR NOBODIES at The Ambassador’s Theatre

Songs for Nobodies The cancellation of several West End transfers has created an opportunity for this highly regarded Australian production to stop off at the Vaudeville Theatre for a short season and it’s well worth a look.

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centre Adrienne Warren (Tina Turner) and the cast of Tina. Photo by Manuel Harlan
11 Jan
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: TINA at the Aldwych Theatre

Hooray! I have a new favourite West End show and I urge you to see it for a fantastic night of musicality, drama and lots and lots of Tina Turner.

centre Adrienne Warren (Tina Turner) and the cast of Tina. Photo by Manuel Harlan Centre Adrienne Warren (Tina Turner) and the cast of Tina. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

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