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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.

A Monster Calls - Old Vic Theatre
20 Jul
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: A MONSTER CALLS at the Old Vic

A Monster Calls - Old Vic Theatre It was new to me but A MONSTER CALLS is a much loved Children’s novel by Patrick Ness, a cherished film and now an extremely accomplished stage show, currently running at the Old Vic Theatre.

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The King and I
17 Jul
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: THE KING AND I at the London Palladium

Regular readers will know how much I was looking forward to this Broadway import. I saw the production at the Lincoln Centre in New York and, having once directed it myself, I was full of admiration for director Bartlett Sher, who made the storytelling so clear and the more old fashioned elements seem fresh and invigorated.

The King and IKelli O'Hara as Anna and Ken Watanabe as the King in The King and I.

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Lehman trilogy
13 Jul
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY at the National Theatre

Lehman trilogy London theatre has already offered two theatrical marathons this year, THE INHERITANCE soon to return to the West End, and IMPERIUM, currently playing at the Gielgud Theatre. Both clock in at around seven hours. By comparison the LEHMAN TRILOGY at the National is a mere three and a half hours and can be viewed in a single performance.

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It Happened in Key West
11 Jul
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST at the Charing Cross Theatre

It Happened in Key West Coming hot on the heels of KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE, the rock, juke box show about medieval romance at the Arts Theatre, comes another audaciously unconventional new musical, IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST, which has just opened at the Charing Cross Theatre.

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Knights of the Rose
10 Jul
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE at the Arts Theatre

Knights of the Rose Pity the cast and creative team behind KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE, the new juke box musical at the Arts Theatre, which promised to be as fun as the stadium rock hits it featured.

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