WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
mit Katharina Stemberger
Philip is the Artistic Director of the acclaimed Channel Theatre Company, for whom he has directed many successful national tours in the UK.
After gaining a degree in Drama at Hull University, Philip’s early directing career took him to the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, the Plymouth Theatre Company and the Soho Poly Theatre in London. He was a founder member of Channel Theatre Company and took over the position of Artistic Director in the late 1980s, beginning his appointment with two touring premieres: Larry Kramer’s pioneering play about AIDS, The Normal Heart, and Anthony Minghella’s Made in Bangkok. There followed highly successful touring productions of The Woman in Black, Lettice and Lovage, The Kingfisher by William Douglas Home, Noel and Gertie, Michael Frayn’s Benefactors, Sleeping It Off (an adaptation of a Feydeau farce) and a revival of Terence Rattigan’s While the Sun Shines.
As well as being a director Philip is also a playwright/adapter. He co-adapted The Mysteries at Canterbury Cathedral (published by Churchman) and adapted Jane Eyre (which toured nationally and was produced by Northampton Royal Theatre’s touring company). He also adapted and directed a new translation of Molière’s comedy The School For Wives (national tour, 1999); George Lillo’s play The London Merchant, (national tour, 2002) and E Nesbit’s classic children’s novel The Phoenix and the Carpet, followed by Jane Austen’s Emma and Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, which toured in 2007. His adaptation of Wilkie Collin’s The Haunted Hotel has enjoyed two major British tours.
More recently, his new adaptation of Erksine Childers’s The Riddle of the Sands was nominated in four categories for the prestigious Off West End awards and his production of Tom McGrath’s Laurel and Hardy enjoyed a successful national tour.
In 2012 he wrote and directed a new play, Running For Glory, about the 1922 Paris Olympics which received great critical success when it toured southern England. Last Christmas he directed Peter Pan at the Buxton Opera House and earlier this year he adapted and directed a tour of Anthony Hope’s swashbuckling 1894 novel The Prisoner of Zenda. This summer he was a guest director for the famous Frinton Repertory Company.
In a freelance capacity he has directed two in-house productions for the Festival Theatre, Malvern: Shaw’s Arms and the Man and a reworking of the musical Nightingale. He has also directed Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels for Pavilion Theatre, Charles Dickens’ Hard Times for The Courtyard Theatre Company and Junk for the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London.
Philip is a regular guest director at Vienna’s English Theatre, where productions have included Arms and the Man, Blithe Spirit, Charlie’s Aunt, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Importance of Being Earnest, Rough Crossing and last year’s successful production of Lend Me a Tenor. Philip is delighted to be able to return once again to direct tonight’s play.