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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.

Saint George and the Dragon
15 Oct
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: SAINT GEORGE AND THE DRAGON at the National Theatre

Saint George and the Dragon In this strange mix of medieval pageant and modern morality play John Heffernan’s engagingly plays a foppish St George, rescuing his lady, the feisty Elsa (Amaka Okafor) from a deliciously dastardly dragon, played by Julian Beach like a villain in a melodrama, in three time periods.

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Labour of Love
13 Oct
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: James Graham's INK & LABOUR OF LOVE - St Martins Lane Theatres

Labour of Love The BIG sensation in London Theatre at the moment is the young playwright James Graham. In a few short years he’s gone from pub theatre to having two major plays running in the West End, in neighbouring theatres on St Martins Lane.

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The Fall - Royal Court Theatre
05 Oct
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: THE FALL at The Royal Court

The Fall - Royal Court Theatre On paper The Fall sounds like worthy issue based theatre which you'd attend out of duty rather than look forward to.

Actually it turns out to be a funny, tuneful, inspiring, thought provoking and deeply satisfying 80 minutes of great theatre.

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B - Royal Court
04 Oct
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: B at the Royal Court

B - Royal Court The world feels like a dangerous place at the moment. Getting caught in a terrorist attack on the way home from watching B at the Royal Court is a real if distant possibility.

In this new play by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderon two young women distract an apparently nosey neighbour and attempt to buy a bomb from a male visitor whilst discussing the practicalities of carrying out an act of terrorism. It begins with spare dialogue in the style of playwright Harold Pinter then lurches via some creaky and obvious plot twists into speechifying.

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The Toxic Avenger
03 Oct
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER at the Arts Theatre

The Toxic Avenger The hilarious and hyper rock musical Toxic Avenger pitches up at the Arts Theatre following an acclaimed first UK run at the Edinburgh Festival.

It's the latest venture from newbie producers Aria Entertainment who are make a big impact on the musical theare scene with vibrant British productions of off Broadway shows.

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