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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Phil Willmott: Theatre must stamp out ageism – and #MeToo shows us how by Phil Willmott

Having seen the results of brilliant people bringing about social change with swift, direct action for the #MeToo campaign, there are surely

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Could a workshop open doors to a hit musical or play? by Phil Willmott

Writer, actor or producer – getting involved at the start of a production can be advantageous for all theatremakers – you never

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Top tips on choosing the right fringe venue for you by Phil Willmott

With myriads of fringe theatres to choose from, picking the right venue for your show can be a daunting prospect. As the

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Phil Willmott: Don’t pretend that fringe shows make enough to pay everyone by Phil Willmott

Anything on social media suggesting producers on the fringe could convert profit-share to paid work, if nudged, gets us all clicking “like”.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How to turn your musical into the next big hit by Phil Willmott

There used to be little support to develop musical theatre shows in the UK, but many new schemes have appeared. Phil Willmott

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Monday, September 18, 2017

How to take notes well and avoid falling out – a guide for actors and directors by Phil Willmott

You’re all in it together but the message often gets lost between director and actor when building a performance and production. Director

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Phil Willmott: Is ‘cronyism’ always such a bad thing?  by Phil Willmott

The recent report Workforce Review of the UK Offstage Theatre and Performing Arts Sector made for fascinating reading and it raises many

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Phil Willmott: Here’s what a casting director wants from a graduate actor by Phil Willmott

What does the perfect acting course look like? Here’s my wish list based on first-hand experience of drama school and working with

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Phil Willmott: So, your teenager wants to go into the entertainment industry? by Phil Willmott

My brother’s wedding. As often on these occasions – it probably happens to you too – I’m introduced to a mum whose

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Phil Willmott: It’s time to consider a world without critics by Phil Willmott

Like anxious courtiers of the ailing Henry VIII, it may be judicious for us to anticipate future regimes. You see, a day

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Phil Willmott: 6 reasons to be cheerful about new British musicals by Phil Willmott

Last year’s round-up of new UK musicals in The Stage made depressing reading for anyone hoping for good news about British composers,

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Phil Willmott: Actors, this is what casting looks like from the other side of the table by Phil Willmott

I thought it might be interesting for actors to know a little bit about how a cast is selected. Or at least

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Phil Willmott: How to be an assistant director on a small-scale show by Phil Willmott

I don’t think I’d ever undertake either a production or major project without an assistant director. It may be controversial to say

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Phil Willmott: Great writing is the foundation for character building by Phil Willmott

This isn’t something that’s troubled me for a while. I believe if you and your cast collaboratively identify the motivation behind each

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Phil Willmott: My advice for getting through the pantomime season by Phil Willmott

It’s that time of the year again when a huge percentage of the profession is locked into long days in the darkness

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Phil Willmott: 10 things I look for in an actor by Phil Willmott

For the past few weeks I’ve been performing in Crime and Punishment at the Scoop in the evenings and rehearsing a revival

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Phil Willmott: What do you do when your lead actor breaks both ankles? by Phil Willmott

Last week our leading man, Alec Porter, broke both his ankles. That posed a challenge for everyone down at the Scoop, the

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Phil Willmott: Should playwrights produce, direct or act in their own work? by Phil Willmott

I get asked this a lot by playwrights at the moment, particularly because I’ve been known to do various combinations of all

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Phil Willmott: A technical rehearsal through the eyes of a director by Phil Willmott

So here we are in deepest, darkest technical rehearsals. Like ghostly waifs, we dream of sunlight, a distant memory. Actually, we’re not

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Phil Willmott: To make great theatre, you need to befriend those you disagree with by Phil Willmott

Over the past few months, we’ve all been shocked by a series of humanitarian, political and ethical horror stories illuminating the mindset

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Phil Willmott: This is what’s wrong with your showreel by Phil Willmott

This morning I looked through 468 submissions for a theatre piece I’ll be directing in a few months. I can audition about

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Phil Willmott: 10 things every musical theatre composer should know by Phil Willmott

 For the past decade or so, a significant percentage of my income has come from writing musicals. This may surprise you: it

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Phil Willmott: Audition advice for casting directors, agents and actors by Phil Willmott

Here’s my guide for auditions, no matter where you fit into this essential, if not universally loved, part of the production process.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Phil Willmott: Is it okay to challenge a bad review? by Phil Willmott

I’m surprised to be posing this question, as until this week a more prescient one seemed to be ‘how do the next

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Phil Willmott: Plotting the course of a new musical’s journey to first night by Phil Willmott

Around 1820 an aristocratic couple took a homeless girl under their wing having been convinced by a Spanish sailor and her unusual

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Phil Willmott: Why directing Sondheim is just as rewarding as directing Brecht by Phil Willmott

My production of Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show has just finished its run at the Union Theatre. I’ll confess it began as a

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Phil Willmott: Let’s be proud of fringe theatre again by Phil Willmott

I’ve been thinking it’s time we became proud of the words ‘fringe theatre’ again. It’s a sad fact that there are a

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Phil Willmott: These are the things you should do before you start rehearsing by Phil Willmott

Today was the first day of rehearsals for my production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Road Show. I always feel nervous the night

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Phil Willmott: Is Brecht still relevant? by Phil Willmott

My first introduction to the theatre of German expressionist playwright Bertolt Brecht was as a kid when we did his The Caucasian

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Phil Willmott: Why are there no gay characters in Chekhov? by Phil Willmott

Why are there no gay characters in Chekhov? I found myself wondering that the other day. Think about it. He was the

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Phil Willmott: What’s bugging you about the theatre industry? by Phil Willmott

Knowing I’d be covering a few of Mark Shenton’s blog spots while he was on holiday, I asked, via Facebook and other

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