Phillip Breen
 
This is the website of Phillip Breen, freelance theatre director and playwright. 
 
 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.
  
  
Productions | Articles | Biography/CV 
  


 
I am delighted to be returning to Theatre Cocoon in Tokyo this autumn to direct Shinobu Otake and Kazuki Kitamura in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee WIlliams, designed by Max Jones.
 
I spoke at the Ninagawa Shakespeare: A Memorial Symposium at the Japanese Embassy on 6th October. The text of my speech is here.
 
Here is a link to my article written after the death of Sam Shepard.


I returned to the Citizens Theatre in May 2017 to direct Giles Havergal’s brilliantly funny adaptation of Graham Greene’s TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT. Reviews are in:

'The most vibrant production currently appearing on the Scottish stage...' Mark Brown, Sunday Herald
'The most deceptively subversive dissection of society's mores you are likely to see' Neil Cooper, Herald
'Capturing every breath of its wit and wickedness' Joyce McMillan, Scotsman
'A masterclass in theatrical storytelling' Gareth K Vile, The Stage
'Eccentric, enigmatic, unconventional' Harriet Brace, Reviews Hub
What's On Stage
Broadway Baby
The List
  

 
   
I directed Richard Bean’s new comedy THE HYPOCRITE in a new co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Hull Truck as part of the Hull 2017 UK City of Culture. It was designed by Max Jones with lighting by Tina MacHugh and sound by Andrea J Cox. It featured Mark Addy, Caroline Quentin, Martin Barrass, Rachel Dale, Laura Elsworthy, Adrian Hood, Paul Popplewell, Matt Sutton, Danielle Bird, Neil D’Souza, Ben Goffe, Danielle Henry, Asif Khan, Andrew Langtree, Jordan Metcalfe, Sarah Middleton, Pierro Niel-Mee and Rowan Polonski. It opened at Hull Truck on 24th February, and continued its sold-out run until 29th April at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
 
'World class farce' The I
'Richard Bean returns to One Man Two Guvnors form with a brilliantly entertaining new farce' Telegraph
'So warmly received by its audience you could almost feel the local pride bouncing off the theatre walls' Guardian
'Now that's what I call a history play!' Daily Mail
'A splendid joint production' What's on Stage
'Positively Hogarthian' Yorkshire Post
'A rioutous music filled farce' Hull Daily Mail
'A gloriously raucous hymn to Hull' York Press
 

 
 
Further exciting news to come about 2017…
 


 

 


 

 
In March 2016 I directed CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Rostand, translated by Anthony Burgess with Welsh poetry by Twm Morys, at Theatr Clwyd, designed by Mark Bailey with lighting by Tina MacHugh, music and sound by Dyfan Jones, and fights by Renny Krupinski. It featured Steffan Rhodri as Cyrano, with Wayne Cater, Steven Elliot, Victoria John, Daniel Llewellyn-Williams, Sara Lloyd Gregory, Gwawr Loader, Rhys Parry Jones, Sion Pritchard, Aled Pugh, Marc Rhys, Simon Holland Roberts, and Dafydd Llyr Thomas.
 
Selected reviews:
'A five-star must-see. If Theatr Clwyd ever ran a race of its most impressive plays ever, Cyrano de Bergerac would win it by a short nose.' Shropshire Star
The Stage, The Daily Post
 
 
 
 
In May 2016 I opened the YORK MYSTERIES, adapted by Mike Poulton with music by Richard Shepard, staged in York Minster for only the second time in their history. The production was designed by Max Jones with Ruth Hall, lighting by Tina MacHugh, movement by Ayse Tashkiran, sound by Andrea J Cox, video design by Douglas O’Connell, and Associate Director Becky Hope-Palmer. It featured Philip McGinley as Jesus and it had a community cast of over 200. The production won the inaugural York Culture Award for Best Production in December.
 
Selected reviews:
'Breathtaking' Guardian
'Visually ravishing epic in scale' Observer
'breathtaking...' Independent
'Puts York firmly on the Theatrical Map. Sensational' Reviews Hub
'An incredibly impressive labour of love that celebrates unity and the continuation of great storytelling…' Exeunt - 'Best Regional Theatre 2016'
'Breathtaking' Yorkshire Post
'Magnificent' York Mix
'Astounding and amazing' One and Another Creative
 
 

 
In July 2016 I directed my adaptation of Dostoevsky’s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT at LAMDA.
 
 

 
In September 2016 I opened my adaptation of LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER by D.H. Lawrence at Sheffield Theatres in a co-production with English Touring Theatre. It toured to Oxford, York, Malvern, Salisbury, Brighton, and Cambridge. It was designed by Laura Hopkins, with lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Andrea J Cox and fights by Renny Krupinski. George Richmond-Scott was Associate Director. It starred Hedydd Dylan as Lady Chatterley, Jonah Russell as Oliver Mellors, Eugene O’Hare as Sir Clifford Chatterley, Rachel Sanders as Ivy Bolton, with Will Irvine, Aretha Ayeh, Ciaran McIntyre, Alice Selwyn, and David Osmond as the Pianist.
 
Selected reviews:
'Breen’s production is a soulful affair' Daily Mail
'Explicit, tasteful and tender' Telegraph
'Stunning' Guardian
'Brilliantly stylish' What’s On Stage
'Heart-rending, intensely moving, and ultimately rather beautiful' Cambridge Evening News
 
 
 
 
In November 2016 I opened a new production of Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of TREASURE ISLAND at Birmingham Rep, with designs by Mark Bailey, lighting by Tina MacHugh, music by Dyfan Jones, movement by John Ross, fights by Renny Krupinski, and Assistant Director Sophie Paterson. It featured Pete Ashmore, Greg Coulson, Andrea Davy, Anni Domingo, Ru Hamilton, Dave Fishley, Michael Hodgson, Kaitlin Howard, Sian Howard, Andrew Langtree, Sarah Middleton, Tonderai Munvevu, Suzanne Nixon, Daniel Norford, Dan Poole, Thomas Pickles, Nicholas Prasad, and Barnaby Southgate.
 
Selected reviews:
Telegraph 'Best Christmas shows of 2016'
Observer, “Best Christmas Shows 2016'
Birmingham Mail, What’s on, Broadway World
 


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

 
Travels With My Aunt 

by Giles Havergal from the novel by Graham Greene.
Produced by the Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow.
  
The Hypocrite
 

by Richard Bean.
Hull Truck Theatre, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 & Royal Shakespeare Company.
  
Treasure Island
 
by Bryony Lavery. Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
 
Lady Chatterley's Lover
 
Adapted by Phillip Breen from the novel by D. H. Lawrence.
Produced by English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres.
 
Crime and Punishment
 
Adapted by Phillip Breen from the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
LAMDA
 
York Mystery Plays 
by Mike Poulton.
York Minster
 
Cyrano de Bergerac
 
by Edmond Rostand. Translated and adapted by Anthony Burgess.
Theatr Clwyd
  
Jigoku no Orpheus (Orpheus Descending)
 
by Tennessee Williams.
Theatre Cocoon, Tokyo; Morinomya Piloti Hall, Osaka
 
The Memory of Water

by Shelagh Stephenson.
Linbury Studio, LAMDA.
 
The Shoemaker's Holiday

by Thomas Dekker. 
Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon.
 
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 D. C. 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).
 
Student Work
 
Work as Assistant/Associate Director
 


 
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