THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

by Oscar Wilde
1 Nov – 22 Dec 2010
 
 

Philip Dart

Director


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;  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 and Charles Dickens’ Hard Times for The Courtyard Theatre Company.
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 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, 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 been on two major British tours over the last few years. For outdoor performance he has adapted and directed The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan.
Earlier this year his new adaptation of Erksine Childers’s The Riddle of The Sands enjoyed a critically acclaimed Off West End  run and his production of Tom McGrath’s Laurel and Hardy has just had a successful national tour.
Philip is a  regular guest director at Vienna’s English Theatre, where productions have included No Sex, Please, We’re British; Murder by Misadventure; Bedroom Farce: Write Me a Murder: Arms and the Man: Blithe Spirit: Charlie’s Aunt and last year’s Arsenic and Old Lace. Philip is delighted to be able to return once again to direct tonight’s play.