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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.

Hadestown - National Theatre
14 Nov
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: HADESTOWN at the National Theatre

Hadestown - National Theatre The folksy musical HADESTOWN arrives at the main stage of our National Theatre with a great deal of expectation appropriate to a piece which began as a low key acoustic set of songs which were picked up and developed by some very prestigious North American Theatres until it made a stir in NYC.

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Snow WHite - Pantomime - London Palladium
12 Nov
News
Phil Willmott

A Beginner's Guide to London Theatre’s Pantomime Dames

Snow WHite - Pantomime - London Palladium Like most people working in British Theatre I begin rehearsals for Pantomime this week.

It’s the most traditional form of Christmas entertainment for UK audiences but for outsiders it can seem bewildering.

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12 Nov
News
Phil Willmott

London Theatre Commemorates the end of The First World War in Three Striking Productions

war-horse.jpg WAR HORSE is back at the National Theatre to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War and a night of theatre is the perfect way to contemplate the sacrifice millions made in that terrible conflict.

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42nd Street
09 Nov
News
Phil Willmott

10 Reasons to See 42nd Street before it closes

42nd Street Several big musicals have announced closing dates in the West End after long, critically acclaimed runs. Don’t miss out. There’s plenty of reasons to hurry to these fantastic shows before they’re gone.

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The Prom Musical
05 Nov
News
Phil Willmott

THE PROM: Governments Should Buy Every LGBT Teen a Ticket to this Broadway Show

The Prom Musical I had a particularly joyous Broadway evening last week when I the joined the New York casts from two current productions directed by Casey Nicholaw (ALADDIN & BOOK OF MORMON) on their night off, at the premiere of a third, THE PROM in previews at the Longacre Theatre, 44th Street.

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