by Neil Simon
27 May – 6 July

Philip Dart

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. For twenty five years he was the Artistic Director of the Channel Theatre Company and now works as a freelance Theatre Director in the UK and Europe.

Philip’s first foray into national touring began with two UK touring premieres: Larry Kramer’s pioneering play, The Normal Heart and Anthony Minghella’s Made in Bangkok. There followed a number of highly successful national touring productions, including The Woman in Black; The Haunted Hotel (Philip’s own successful adaptation of a little known Wilkie Collins novel) and Tom McGrath’s play Laurel and Hardy (a co-production with Buxton Opera House).

During the 00s he set up the acclaimed Chalkfoot Theatre Arts, undertaking a wide programme of work for small-scale theatres and rural community venues in south east England. His work for Chalkfoot included a an original play, Running For Glory (about the 1924 Paris Olympics) and an innovative staging of Erskine Childers’ Edwardian spy novel The Riddle of the Sands, that earned nominations for Best Director and Best Production in the Off West End awards following a run at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre.

Philip 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 was co-director and co-adaptor of The Mysteries at Canterbury Cathedral. More recently he has directed Dangerous Obsession for the English Theatre of Hamburg, The Light Burns Blue for the Arts University Bournemouth and last summer he directed Ring Round the Moon for the Drama Studio London. For the past 27 years he has written and directed the Buxton Opera House pantomime.

Philip has been a regular director at the English Theatre in Vienna for many years, where productions have included Charley’s Aunt; Lend Me a Tenor; The Importance of Being Earnest; Witness For the Prosecution; Pygmalion; Sleuth; Beau Jest and Wait Until Dark. Last year he directed Neil Simon’s comedy The Odd Couple and he is delighted to have the opportunity to direct another classic Neil Simon play.

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