by Thomas Brandon
Philip is the Artistic Director of the acclaimed 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.
Earlier this year he directed a tour of Tom McGrath’s Laurel and Hardy which will be revived for a London run in summer 2009.
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 Moliére’s comedy The School For Wives (national tour, 1999); George Lillo’s play The London Merchant, (national tour, 2002) and E Nesbit classic children’s novel The Phoenix and the Carpet, which toured nationally, to great acclaim in 2003. He has adapted Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland, for outdoor performance. In 2005 he adapted Jane Austen’s Emma and last year his adaptation of Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists toured nationally to great acclaim.
In the mid 1990’s Philip was a regular guest director at Vienna’s English Theatre where productions included No Sex, Please, We are British; Murder by Misadventure; Bedroom Farce and Don’t Dress for Dinner. More recently he has directed Write Me a Murder; Arms and the Man and last year’s very successful Blithe Spirit. He is delighted to be able to return to direct tonight’s wonderful period farce.