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I will be directing Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams at Theatre Cocoon in Tokyo this spring. The production stars Shinobu Otake as Lady Torrance and Haruma Miura as Val. More very exciting news to come about casting...
In January / February I directed Shelagh Stephenson's play The Memory Of Water at LAMDA: it featured Zoe Goslin, Rose Wardlaw, Eleanor Adams, Tilly Standing, Sean Fox and Chad Ellis.
Some reviews for my production of Thomas Dekker's The Shoemaker's Holiday for the RSC:
Richard Edmonds, The Birmingham Mail
'One of the most poignant things I've seen in years ... This is theatre at its brilliant best'
Patricia Nicol, The Sunday Times:
'Heart warming and thought provoking', Critics Choice
Robert Gore-Langton, The Mail on Sunday
'Totally inspired', Show of the Week
Clare Brennan, The Observer
'Director Phillip Breen conveys multiple meanings in a period staging that never feels dated'
Paul Taylor, The Independent
'Phillip Breen's captivating production'
Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph:
'Phillip Breen's gloriously entertaining production'
Michael Billington, The Guardian:
'Phillip Breen's shrewdly intelligent production is both sobering and comic'
Sam Marlowe, The Times:
'Romantic intrigue, bawdy jokes, exuberant morris dancing and merry making ... This is jovial fun'
Simon Taverner, What's On Stage:
'Phillip Breen's handsome and witty production is top notch ... A great night out'
Gordon Parsons, The Morning Star:
'Provides a sly commentary on the class structure'
The Stage: 'Glorious'
The Stratford Herald, Sandy Holt: 'Feisty and humorous yet deeply moving'
The production was designed by Max Jones and lit by Tina MacHugh. It featured 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 was in rep with Oppenheimer by Tom Morton-Smith, directed by Angus Jackson, in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, between December 2014 and March 2015.
Reviews 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
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.
Reviews 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.
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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".
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