Phillip Breen
 
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Rehearsals start this week for my production of The Shoemaker's Holiday by Thomas Dekker for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The production is designed by Max Jones and lit by Tina McHugh. It features David Troughton, Vivienne Parry, Michael Hodgson, Josh O'Connor, Joel McCormack, Daniel Boyd, Thomasin Rand, Sandy Foster, Hedydd Dylan, Laura Cubitt, Jack Holden, Andrew Langtree, Ross Armstrong, Ben Allen, William Gaminara, Vincent Carmichael, Michael Grady-Hall, Jamie Wilkes, and Tom McCall. 
 
It will run in rep with Oppenheimer by Tom Morton-Smith, directed by Angus Jackson, in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until March 2015. Visit the RSC website for further information and to book tickets
 
More exciting news about 2015 and 2016 coming shortly.


Reviews are in for True West at the Tricycle Theatre starring Eugene O'Hare, Alex Ferns, Steven Elliot and Barbara Rafferty.
 
'After 30 years and numerous versions, I have finally seen why the hype around Sam Shepard's 1980 play is justified'
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
 
'Sam Shepard himself has rightly praised Phillip Breen’s brilliant small-scale production of Shepard’s seminal 1980 play, first seen at Glasgow’s Citizens' Theatre last year'
Serena Davies, Daily Telegraph
 
'Absurdly funny'
Sarah Hemmings, Financial Times
 
'A bare-knuckle brawl between old myths and new illusions, civilisation and savagery, creativity and commerce, played out in sibling strife of nerve-jangling violence'
Sam Marlowe, The Times
 
'The Tricycle has done London theatre a great service in importing this brilliant and lacerating revival of Sam Shepard's signature play, True West intact from the Glasgow Citizens, where it was seen at the end of last year'
Michael Coveney, What's On Stage
 
'Scorching' Mark Shenton, The Stage
 
'Brilliantly strange, raucously funny' Demetrios Matheou, The Arts Desk
 
'A frenzied orgy of destruction, but Breen’s production is most effective in the disciplined build-up, savouring each charged statement and Pinteresque pause, rich with menace'
Marianka Swain, Ham and High
 

Andrew Tomlins, West End Frame
 

Genevieve Akindeke, The Upcoming
 
Huge congratulations to Max Jones for his UK Theatre Award nomination for 'Best Design' for True West.
 
To read Laura Barton's Observer feature interview with Sam Shepard, in which he discusses my production of True West, click here.
 


 The reviews are in for my production of Tom Basden's new play Holes, starring Daniel Rigby, Mathew Baynton, Elizabeth Berrington and Sharon Singh.
 
'The Beach meets Beckett but with more laughs' The Sunday Times
 

  Time Out; Plays To See; Exeunt Magazine; The Upcoming;
Destination Hackney; A Younger Theatre; West End Frame.


This is the website of 
Phillip Breen, freelance theatre and television director and writer. 

 
If you would like to contact me, please do so via my agent Howard Gooding at
Judy Daish Associates, 
2 St. Charles Place, 
London W10 6EG. howard@judydaish.com,
020 8964 8811.
 
For my biography and CV, please click here.

 

Latest News

I gave a seminar at The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon on 6 March 2014 entitled "Walking in a Windsor Wonderland: Some ramshackle reflections on directing Shakespeare's greatest comedy".
 
On 9 March 2014, a recording of my RSC production of The Merry Wives Of Windsor was screened at the V&A in London as part of the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare's birth celebrations.
 
I have completed a workshop on Harriet, a new musical based on Jilly Cooper's novel of the same name. It's written by Donald and Eva Rice.
 
I directed Simon Paisley Day, Daniel Ing, Jessie Cave, Amit Shah, Kevin O'Loughlin, Bekka Bowler, Nina Sosanya, and Silas Carson in a rehearsed reading of Medics by Mark Grimmer for Clerkenwell Films.
 
I directed Donny McCleary's new sit-com Mountain Men as part of the BBC Comedy Showcase at the Glasgow Comedy Festival at the Citizens Theatre. The evening featured Alison O'Donnell, Kevin O'Loughlin, Jimmy Chisholm, Kathryn Howden, David Ireland and Anne Kidd. The evening was produced by Owen Bell for BBC Comedy.
 
I created and directed the opening ceremony to the Emirates Airlines International Festival of Literature in Dubai, featuring, among others, Kate Adie, Shobhaa De, Jeffrey Deaver, Philip Ardagh and Abdelbari Atwan. 
 
In May 2013, I directed a week's workshop on four Elizabethan and Jacobean plays for the RSC – The Old Wives Tale, Look About You, The Insatiate Countess and Mercurius Rusticans – with Natalie Dormer, Clare Dunne, Paapa Essiedu, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Russell Tovey and John Ramm. The scholar attached to the project was Professsor Martin Wiggins.
 
I was a workshop leader on the National Theatre's 'Connections' Weekend; Jim Cartwright and I  workshopped OMG with teachers and youth theatre leaders from all over the UK
 
I directed the rehearsed reading of Tom Basden's new work in progress Making Good, with Tom, Tim Key, Jonny Sweet, Sian Brooke and Diane Morgan. It was produced by The Invisible Dot.
 
My essay on Jonathan Slinger is published in Routledge's book Actor's Shakespeare. For further details and to buy the book click here.

 

 

Productions
Click on the play title to see production photographs and reviews

True West
by Sam Shepard.
Revival produced by the Tricycle Theatre, London.
 

Holes: Redux
 

by Tom Basden. 
Arcola Tent, London. Produced by Debbie Hicks, Oliver Mackwood and Jesse Romain.
 
Fast Labour

by Steve Waters.
Linbury Studio, LAMDA.
 

As You Like It

by Shakespeare.
Birmingham School of Acting.
 
True West
by Sam Shepard.
Produced by the Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow.
 
Trouble and Shame
 

by David Ireland. 
Oran Mor, Glasgow.
 
Holes 
by Tom Basden. 
Edinburgh. Produced by The Invisible Dot.
 
Threeway

by DC Jackson.
Edinburgh. Produced by The Invisible Dot.
 
The Merry Wives of Windsor

by Shakespeare. 
Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford upon Avon
 
The Game of Love and Chance
by Pierre Marivaux. Translated by Stephen Mulrine.
Linbury Studio, LAMDA.
 
Sex With A Stranger

by Stefan Golaszewski.
Trafalgar Studios, London.
Produced by The Invisible Dot.
 
A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg

by Peter Nichols.
Produced by the Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow.
 
Humphrey Ker is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher!

Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh; Fortune Theatre, London; Soho Theatre, London; UCB Theatre, Los Angeles.
Feature Spot Productions Ltd.
2011 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner (Best Newcomer)
 
Lady Garden: A Sketch Show
Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh.
 
The Hard Man

by Tom McGrath and Jimmy Boyle.
King's Theatre Edinburgh; King's Theatre Glasgow; His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen; Eden Court Theatre Inverness; Dundee Rep Theatre.
Produced by Scottish Theatres Consortium.
 
Lady Garden: Top Secret Gig
Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh.
 
I'm Hans Christian Andersen
by Rachel Rose Reid. 
Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh; National Tour; and Street Theatre, Canberra.
 
The Glory of Living
by Rebecca Gilman. 
Linbury Studio, LAMDA.
 
Party

by Tom Basden. 
Arts Theatre, London; Sydney Festival; Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.
Produced by The Invisible Dot.
 
The Stefan Golaszewski Plays
by Stefan Golaszewski.
Bush Theatre, London.

Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in association with the Bush Theatre and United Agents.
 
Stefan Golaszewski Is A Widower 
World Premiere of new play by Stefan Golaszewski.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in association with CKP and United Agents.
 
Dumb Show

by Joe Penhall
Produced by The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd.
 
Thoroughly Modern Millie
 
by Tesori & Scanlan.
Students of the RWCMD, at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff.
 
RSC Alternative Christmas Lecture 
by Vivienne Westwood.
Produced by the RSC, at Wilton's Music Hall, London.
 
All's Well That Ends Well 
by Shakespeare.
Workshop production at the Birmingham School of Acting.
 
The Caretaker 
by Harold Pinter.
Produced by the Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow.
 
Stefan Golaszewski Speaks About A Girl He Once Loved
World Premiere of new play by Stefan Golaszewski.
CKP by arrangement with United Agents.
2008 Scotsman Fringe First Winner.
 
Measure for Measure 
by Shakespeare.
Produced by Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
 
Cariad 
by Sophie Stanton.
Wales Premiere.
Produced by Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
 
Two Princes 
by Meredydd Barker.
World Premiere.
Produced by Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
 
Suddenly Last Summer 
by Tennessee Williams.
Produced by Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
 

The Shadow of a Gunman 
by Sean O’Casey.
Produced by the Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow.
 

Cowards
2005 & 2006 stage shows.
New sketches by Tom Basden, Tim Key, Stefan Golaszewski and Lloyd Woolf.
Produced for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London venues.
 
The Birthday Party 
by Harold Pinter.
Produced by Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
  
The Zam Zam Room: 
An Evening with His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley
 
by Lord Buckley, Jake Broder and David Tughan
Produced by Seaforde productions and Breen Le May Lloyd Ltd for 59E59 Theaters
, New York .
Time Out New York
‘Off-Broadway Pick of 2005’
2005 Stony Award Nomination for Best Production
 
Vote Dizzy!  
A new Cabaret for the US elections, based on the work of Lord Buckley and Lenny Bruce compiled by Jake Broder
Produced by Virginia Buckley for the Soho Theatre, London
 
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui 
by Bertolt Brecht, in a new adaptation by Phillip Breen.
Produced by the Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow.
 

A Few Idiots Who Spoil It For Everyone Else
A new comedy by Tim Key and Mark Watson.
Produced by the writers and director for the Canal Cafe Theatre, London.
 

The Promise  
by Alexi Arbuzov.
The Union Theatre, London.
Produced by Eleanor Lloyd and Pete Le May.
  
Curator of the RSC Laugh-In event, featuring original stand up sets from Armando Iannucci, Ken Dodd, Mark Watson, Alex Horne, Cowards, Oliver and Zaltzman, music from The Mitchell Brothers, and seminars and debates led by Alan Plater, Dr Richard Wiseman, Richard Herring and Owen Powell.
 
Director of Edge04, The Chichester Festival Theatre’s Fringe event. I directed an new adaptation of Bulgakov’s 'Black Snow' by me and Owen Powell with additional material by Kevin Trainor and members of the ‘Memoirs’ company, and I directed the BBC rehearsed reading of John Hegley’s radio play ‘The Cat in the Kennel’ in a varied programme made and played by the Chichester 2004 company.
 
Destiny
by David Edgar
A work in progress, with funding by The Arts Council of England for BAC.
Runner-up for the 2003 James Menzies-Kitchen Award.

 
Far Too Happy
New comedy by Tim Key, Mark Watson, Owen Powell, Day Macaskill, Sophie Winkleman, James Morris, Ed Jaspers and Phillip Breen.
Produced by
the Cambridge Footlights for Edinburgh, National tour and West End.
2001 Perrier Edinburgh Comedy Award Nomination (Best Newcomer).
 

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