Phil Willmott is a multi-award winning director, artistic director, playwright, composer, librettist, teacher, dramaturg, arts journalist… and occasional actor.
He is one of the most commissioned musical Theatre writer/composer in the UK and Britain’s foremost director of Greek drama, especially the plays of Euripides.
He has worked in theatres across the world on everything from the classics, musicals and family shows to cabaret and cutting edge new writing.
He was an Associate Artist of London's acclaimed B.A.C (Battersea Arts Centre) for ten years. He is a former Associate Director of the YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE in Guildford and THE KING'S HEAD THEATRE, London's senior Off West End venue, He headed graduate writer/director training at London's ARTS EDUCATIONAL SCHOOL where he has also been co-director of the U.K’s leading degree course in Musical Theatre and it's Head of Acting.
He is a recipient of a TMA Award for outstanding direction of a musical, a Peter Brook Award for his out door classical productions and family shows, whatsonstage award nominations for best regional and Off West End productions, a broadwayworld nomination for Best Musical in the UK, a Brooks Atkinson/Royal Court award in New York for playwriting, numerous Off-West End Award nominations and four Spirit of Broadway awards.
In 2012 he was made a fellow of Rose Bruford College where, as an actor, he gained a B.A.Hons in Theatre Arts in the late 1980's
THE RING CYCLE PLAYS Phil Willmott and Lisa Kuma's ' dramatisation of the librettos of Richard Wagner. Part of the 2015 Free Theatre Season at The Scoop
Phil Willmott discusses directing the modern world premiere of Shakespeare's DOUBLE FALSEHOOD on Sky News
LOST BOY a new musical, book and lyrics by Phil Willmott,
Music by Phil Willmott and Mark Collins
For more Information about LOST BOY including Reviews, credits, images and clips click here
Phil Willmott's revival of the classic Broadway musical FINIAN'S RAINBOW
14 October – 15 November 2015
In the early 1940s Noel Coward wrote BRIEF ENCOUNTER, the celebrated celluloid weepy in which characters played by Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, contemplate an affair in a suffocating suburban world where it will mean disgrace and ruin.
Noel Coward was gay and many commentators believe the hit film reflects his own frustrations at a time when homosexuality was illegal and it was impossible for one man to openly love another, or to represent this on stage or screen. Multi-award winning writer/director Phil Willmott takes the world of BRIEF ENCOUNTER as a setting for a completely new play imagining the kind of gay romance Noel Coward and his contemporaries were forbidden to write.
A chance encounter at a railway station in 1945 leads two men to consider how much they must sacrifice in order to be together. This evocative, heartbreaking production invites us to consider how far we’ve come and how much we’ve still in common with our grandfather’s generation.