Philip Wilson

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Giles Smart
Associate Agent: Jennifer Thomas

Film, TV & Theatre

Philip is a freelance director who spent four very successful years as the Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse (2007-2011).

Recent projects include the British Premiere of Ken Ludwig’s A Fox on the Fairway at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Terence Rattigan’s After The Dance at Theatre By The Lake in Keswick. His adaptations of Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales (first produced in an immersive staging at Shoreditch Town Hall and then the Oxo Bargehouse, in 2014 and 2015) were performed at Chichester this summer.

Philip’s book, Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric, co-written with Giles Taylor, is published by Oberon Books, and Grimm Tales is available from Nick Hern Books.

In Development

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2018

Zwart Arbeid AS / The Other Palace

Book by Harald Zwart
Music by Karoline Krüger & Sigvard Dagsland
Lyrics by Mike McGurk

Theatre

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2018

Unicorn Theatre

Adapted for the stage by Philip Wilson
Directed by Kirsty Housley

STRANGE ORCHESTRA

2018

LAMDA

By Rodney Ackland
Performed in The Sainsbury Theatre

PERFECT NONSENSE

2018

Theatre By The Lake

From the works of P.G. Wodehouse, adapted by The Goodale Brothers

A FOX ON THE FAIRWAY

2017

Queen's Theatre, Hornchuch

Written by Ken Ludwig

AFTER THE DANCE

2017

Theatre by the Lake

Written by Terrence Rattigan
**** "Philip Wilson’s production is full of nuance. The performances are superb” The Stage

THE STAR

2016

Liverpool Playhouse

Written by Michael Wynne
**** "Philip Wilson’s direction adds the final sparkle that moves this from simple story to touching metaphor for the hopes and fears of all our lives” The Observer

AS YOU LIKE IT

2016

Storyhouse Chester

Written by William Shakespeare

BEACONS

2016

Park Theatre

Written by Tabitha Martiboy

THE THREE LIONS

2015

St James Theatre

Adapted by Philip from William Gaminara's collection.
**** The Times
**** The Independent
**** The List
**** "Keeping the pace of play up with footsure finesse, director Philip Wilson has bagged a Premier League cast” The Telegraph

GRIMM TALES

2014

Bargehouse Oxo Tower

Philip’s own adaptations of Philip Pullman’s versions
**** "This immersive adaptation of Philip Pullman’s retelling of the Grimms’ fairy tales is atmospheric to the point of inspiring awe. All beautifully done, and thrilling to stumble upon” The Telegraph
**** "Bizarre and beautiful, Philip Wilson’s production is a magic box of glittering surprises… an irresistible invitation to explore the darker corners of the imagination” The Times
**** "Grimm Tales is a great night and a great success, each of the stories relayed with love and invention by the casts dotted about the Bargehouse. A stripped-back evening of high-class, no-frills storytelling” Time Out
**** The Stage

HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON

2014

Lyric Belfast

Written by Jennifer Johnson, adapted by Alan Sandford

GRIMM TALES

2014

Shoreditch Town Hall

Adapted by Philip from Philip Pullman's collection.
**** "This thrilling staging… is a treat for adults’ rusty imaginations” The Telegraph
**** "Vivid and unfussy – true to the stories’ visual clarity and taut plotting, while also evoking their dreamlike qualities” Evening Standard
**** “A gorgeous production” Time Out

TORO! TORO!

2013

National Tour

Written by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Simon Reade (also design)

THE THREE LIONS

2013

Pleasance London & Edinburgh

Written by William Gaminara

THE DANCING YEARS

2013

WMC Cardiff

Written by Ivor Novello (workshop of a new version, co-adapted by Philip)

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS

2012

Liverpool Playhouse

Written by Alan Ayckbourn

TWIST OF GOLD

2012

Polka Theatre

Written by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Simon Reade

66 BOOKS: RUTH & 2 SAMUEL

2011

Bush / Westminster Abbey

Written by Stella Duffy & Wole Soyinka

EARNEST / TRAVESTIES

2011

Birmingham Rep at the Old Rep

Written by Oscar Wilde & Tom Stoppard

THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHANCE

2011

Salisbury Theatre

Written by Marivaux, translated by Neil Bartlett

THE CONSTANT WIFE

2011

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by Somerset Maugham

THE PICTURE

2010

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by Philip Massinger (in Philip's own edition)

TORO! TORO!

2010

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Simon Reade

PRIVATE LIVES

2010

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by Noel Coward

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

2009

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by Joseph Kesselring

BLACKBIRD

2009

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by David Harrower

FAITH HEALER

2009

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by Brian Friel (also design)
“Wilson’s design is a masterstroke... This exquisite production proves Wilson has a Midas touch with emotionally sophisticated drama” Variety

THE WINSLOW BOY

2009

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by Terrence Rattigan

A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY

2008

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by J L Carr, in Philip's own adaption

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW

2008

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by Joe Orton

PEOPLE AT SEA

2008

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by J B Priestly

ALPHABETICAL ORDER

2007

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by Michael Frayn

NOISES OFF

2007

Liverpool Playhouse

Written by Michael Frayn

CORPSE!

2006

Salisbury Playhouse

Written by Gerald Moon

IN PRAISE OF LOVE

2006

Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Written by Terence Rattigan

THE FOUND MAN

2005

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Written by Riccardo Galgani (also design)

UN UOMO TROVATO

2005

Teatro della Limonaia, Florence

Written by Riccardo Galgani

DR FAUSTUS

2005

Liverpool Playhouse

Written by Christopher Marlowe

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’

2004

Sheffield Crucible

Written by Horwitz & Maltby Jr

ASTONISHED HEART/STILL LIFE

2004

Liverpool Playhouse

Written by Noël Coward

BREAKING THE CODE

2003

Royal Theatre, Northampton

Written by Hugh Whitemore

THE MAKING OF MISS PEGGY LEE

1999

BAC

Written by Lucy Powell (also design)

THE HUMOROUS LIEUTENANT

1999

BAC

Written by Beaumont & Fletcher (in Philip’s own edition)

Other

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PHILIP PULLMAN’s GRIMM TALES

2017

Nick Hern Books

Publication of Philip’s adaptations of Philip Pullman’s versions

DRAMATIC ADVENTURES IN RHETORIC

2015

Oberon Books

Publication. With Giles Taylor

Television

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THAT GAY SHOW

2001 - 2002

BBC Three

Producer, Series I & II

Film

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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

1998

Miramax

Performance Consultant. Dir. John Madden