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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.

UP Pompeii
14 Oct
News
Phil Willmott

Comedies on Stage: ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES, UPSTART CROW & UP POMPEII

UP Pompeii Hit TV shows don’t traditionally make good theatre. They’re tightly crafted to work within a thirty minute frame work and can seem over stretched when padded out to two plus hours.

But audiences love the familiar and the chance to see their favourite characters live is irresistible whether or not they’re played by the same actors as on TV, just as long as they look and sound like the originals and have the same catch phrases.

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Life of Pi
14 Oct
Phil Willmott

The Life of Pi Comes to London

Life of Pi Here’s some exciting news. The new, highly acclaimed, stage adaptation of the THE LIFE OF PI, the Man Booker prize winning tale of a boy and a tiger is coming to London.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
09 Oct
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES at the Union Theatre

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes It was interesting to see this delightful pocket sized revival of a classic musical, created by friends and associates of mine, two days after seeing ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD at English National Opera.

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Orpheus in the Underworld
08 Oct
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD at the Coliseum Theatre

Orpheus in the Underworld The Orpheus story seems to be the ancient Greek myth of choice at the moment. Over on Broadway HADESTOWN, which played at London’s National Theatre won the Tony award for best musical (mystifyingly in my opinion) whilst the English National Opera are presenting four interpretations this season.

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Be More Chill Musical - The Other Palace Theatre, London
30 Sep
New Shows
Phil Willmott

10 Things we Know About Musical, BE MORE CHILL

Be More Chill Musical - The Other Palace Theatre, London It’s been announced that cult New York musical BE MORE CHILL will receive its UK Premiere at The Other Palace from 12 February – 3 May 2020.

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