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I'll be reviving my production of True West by Sam Shepard at the Tricycle Theatre from 4 September 2014. It features Alex Ferns and Eugene O'Hare as the brothers. Visit the Tricycle website to book tickets. See reviews and photos from the Citizens Theatre production here, and watch the trailer here.
I'll be returning to the RSC to direct Thomas Dekker's city comedy The Shoemaker's Holiday in autumn 2014. Visit the RSC website for further information and to book tickets

 The reviews are in for my production of Tom Basden's new play Holes, starring Daniel Rigby, Mathew Baynton, Elizabeth Berrington and Sharon Singh.
 'It's all a lot cleverer and a lot funnier than anything that rifles so gleefully through the lost luggage of our collective dignity has any right to be'
Time Out - Critics Choice
'The Beach meets Beckett but with more laughs'
The Sunday Times
'It's difficult to find a fault; it's intelligent when you dig deep and an absolute blast on the surface'
 British Theatre Guide
'And it is a bleak end. And a bleak middle – and a bleak beginning come to think of it' 
Plays To See
'Basden hits on something profound and disturbing' 
Exeunt Magazine
'Holes... pleases an audience thirsty for something fresh with its boundless ingenuity' 
The Upcoming 
'Philip Breen’s production cuts its audience no slack – it has them doubled up with laughter, then abruptly silenced by the macabre reality of untimely death'
Destination Hackney
'Unexpected and bizarre'
A Younger Theatre
'Frighteningly relevant'
West End Frame
'A malign version of JM Barrie's The Admirable Crighton' 
To read the Arts Editor of The Independent newspaper David Lister stating that our production was 'downright disrespectful' and that it ought to be 'pulled' please click here.
To read my full response please click here.
There's more exciting news about 2014 to come... 

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Phillip Breen, freelance theatre and television director and writer. 

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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.



Click on the play title to see production photographs and reviews

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.
by Tom Basden. 
Edinburgh. Produced by The Invisible Dot.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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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