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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.

Phantom of the Opera
28 Apr
News
Phil Willmott

Change is in the air at The Phantom of the Opera, but would the Phantom approve?

Phantom of the Opera You will recall that the plot of the blockbuster musical begins when the Phantom, who is said to haunt the shadows of the Paris Opera House, takes exception to some of the decisions made by a new management.

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Cinderella - Andrew Lloyd Webber
27 Apr
News
Phil Willmott

Tantalising New Details Emerge about CINDERELLA

Cinderella - Andrew Lloyd Webber Andrew Lloyd Webber and his team have done a fantastic job of drip feeding us snippets of gossip about his new musical CINDERELLA during lockdown whilst the opening night has been delayed by the pandemic.

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Wicked the Musical - London
26 Apr
News
Phil Willmott

Wicked is Back! 10 Reasons to Get Wicked this Autumn

Wicked the Musical - London Exciting news. The producers of WICKED have announced performances will resume from Wednesday 15 September.

You can read my article on all about WICKED.

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Rafe Spall
14 Apr
Casts
Phil Willmott

Meet MOCKING BIRD’S new leading man, Rafe Spall

Rafe Spall As reported here, when it was revealed that the smash hit Broadway production of Alan Sorkin’s adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD was to transfer to the West End I was surprised to see that Rhys Ifans was announced in the lead role of the crusading lawyer, Atticus Finch. Surprised because the role on Broadway has been played by Hollywood A-lister, Jeff Daniels.

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SIX The Musical
12 Apr
Returning Shows
Phil Willmott

All About SIX

SIX The Musical How a little show becaume West End Royalty. To my mind, with the exception of Hamilton, there’s been very little that’s innovative in musical theatre recently, SIX is the exception. The success of this smart and sassy much loved show is due to the genius of three people.

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