Articles on ‘Simon Phillips’

Priscilla The Musical returning to Australia in 2018

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Original Australian Production

10 years after Priscilla Queen of the Desert had its world premiere at the Sydney Lyric theatre, producer Michael Cassel announced today that the musical will return to Australia in 2018 to celebrate the 10th anniversary and its international success. After its original award winning Australian tour, Priscilla has gone on to successful seasons in the West… Read more.


Ladies in Black Returns to Brisbane

Ladies in Black - Queensland Theatre

In a return season presented by Queensland Theatre, Ladies in Black is a charming musical full of flair and frocks, exploring the post-war era in Australia. Adapted by Carolyn Burns from Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, the story looks at this time and its issues from a lighter perspective, using quintessential Aussie… Read more.


Ladies in Black – Sydney Lyric Theatre

Cast of Ladies in Black. Credit: Lisa Tomasetti.

Ladies in Black means well. A new Australian musical based on Madeleine St John’s novel Women in Black, it carries in its quintessentially Australian core an eagerness to charm audiences. Just like young protagonist Lisa Miles longs to grow up, defy boundaries, and find her identity in mid 20th century Australia, so too is this musical trying… Read more.


Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical

David Campbell and cast. Photo by Brian Geach.

When Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical made its world premiere on opening night at the Sydney Lyric, it was met with thunderous applause. Designed to make you tap your toes and hum along, this jukebox musical glitters with the best of them. From the first number we’re invited into the life of acclaimed… Read more.


First look at Dream Lover, Sydney!

David Campbell in Dream Lover. Image by  Dayna Ransley Photography

Over the last decade or so, Simon Phillips has contributed significantly to the Australian musical theatre scene, directing some of our most successful new works including the Helpmann Award winning Ladies In Black, international juggernaut Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical, the immortalised production of Love Never Dies,  the soon-to-be cast Muriel’s Wedding… Read more.



World premiere: Muriel’s Wedding the Musical announced for Sydney 2017!

World premiere: Muriel’s Wedding the Musical announced for Sydney 2017!

Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures have come together for one of the more exciting announcements we’ve heard in a while: a brand new Australian musical based on a beloved Aussie film. The country’s premier theatre company is staging the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical. Writing for the Guardian, critic Luke Buckmaster said “Muriel’s Wedding… Read more.


The Beast

Heidi Arena, Alison Bell, Rohan Nichol, Christie Whelan Browne, Toby Truslove and Eddie Perfect in The Beast. Image by Ken Nakanishi

After surviving a near-fatal fishing trip, three blokes are desperate to change their ways of life. But not too much. The Beast premiered in 2013, a commission by the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) for the Melbourne Festival. Performer, writer and composer Eddie Perfect wrote a black comedy about bourgeois people trying to better themselves by… Read more.


Simon Phillips on directing The Beast of a play

The Beast

Opening recently in Sydney, Eddie Perfect’s The Beast has been directed by Simon Phillips, and will soon head to Melbourne and Brisbane. While the production was still in the rehearsal room, Phillips spoke to me about the content of the play, his working relationship with Perfect, and what makes for a good evening in the… Read more.


Aussie musical Ladies in Black to tour in 2017

Ladies in Black -  Image by Rob Maccoll

The women in black are coming back! Queensland Theatre Company have today announced that acclaimed new Australian musical Ladies In Black will be touring Australia in early 2017 with seasons slated for Sydney and Canberra as well as return seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne. The musical premiered in November 2015 in Brisbane, heralding a triumphant return… Read more.


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