Arms and the Man

In celebration of Bernard Shaw’s 150th birthday
starring Christopher Buchholz
06 Nov - 22 Dec 2006

Philip Dart

Philip is the Artistic Director of the acclaimed, Arts Council funded Channel Theatre Company, for whom he has directed many successful national tours.

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.

Philip’s Artistic Directorship of Channel Theatre Company began 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; Tom Stoppard’s Rough Crossing; The Kingfisher by William Douglas Home; The Haunted Hotel (Philip’s own successful adaptation of a little known Wilkie Collins novel); Noel and Gertie, Michael Frayn’s Benefactors, an adaptation of a Feydeau farce, Sleeping It Off, and a revival of Terence Rattigan’s While the Sun Shines.

He has also directed two in-house productions for the Festival Theatre, Malvern; Shaw’s Arms and the Man and a reworking of the musical, Nightingale. In a freelance capacity he has directed Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels for Pavilion Theatre.

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 in 1998). He also adapted 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, which toured nationally, to great acclaim in 2003. He has adapted The Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland, for outdoor performance. Last year he adapted Jane Austen’s Emma and earlier this year his adaptation of Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists toured to great acclaim. His adaptation of The Haunted Hotel went on a major British tour last year starring Susannah York.

In the mid – 1990’s Philip was a regular guest director at Vienna’s English Theatre where productions included No Sex, Please, We’re British; Murder by Misadventure; Bedroom Farce and Don’t Dress for Dinner and last year he directed Write Me a Murder. Philip is delighted to be able to return to direct tonight’s play.