Phelim McDermott

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The Woolf pack: Renée Fleming and Joyce DiDonato on turning The Hours into opera
The Pulitzer-prize-winning, Mrs Dalloway-influenced novel about three generations of women, has finally hit the stage. Its stars tell us how they pulled it off

Imogen Tilden

07, Dec, 2022 @4:00 PM

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The week in theatre: My Neighbour Totoro; Local Hero – review
A beloved Studio Ghibli anime is brought to magical life in Phelim McDermott’s new RSC production, while the 1983 film Local Hero finds fresh resonance

Susannah Clapp

23, Oct, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Muppet power! RSC uses puppet legends for My Neighbour Totoro staging
The RSC’s version of the Japanese classic has smashed box office records – before the curtain’s even gone up. We meet the Jim Henson puppeteers bringing Studio Ghibli’s beloved fluffy monsters to life

Chris Wiegand

28, Jun, 2022 @1:39 PM

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RSC to stage adaptation of animated fantasy film My Neighbour Totoro
Royal Shakespeare Company’s version of celebrated Studio Ghibli movie will be first opening ‘of this scale’ in nearly 40 years

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

27, Apr, 2022 @4:01 AM

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The week in classical: Tao of Glass review - an extraordinary exploration of creativity
Royal Exchange, Manchester
Philip Glass makes a surprise appearance at Phelim McDermott’s astonishing tribute show

Stephen Pritchard

20, Jul, 2019 @11:00 AM

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Tao of Glass review – golden odyssey through Philip Glass's music
Phelim McDermott’s sublime collage of theatrical fragments is the fantastical, tearjerking fruition of a lifelong dream

Sanjoy Roy

15, Jul, 2019 @10:00 PM

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Philip Glass: from Einstein on the Beach to a superfan in Manchester
One is a legendary composer. The other makes spectacular shows out of Sellotape. Philip Glass and Phelim McDermott talk about their new work about loss and religion – with puppets

Alex Needham

09, Jul, 2019 @1:05 PM

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Aida review – great singing, shame about the hats
Phelim McDermott’s production has plenty to recommend it musically, but it’s hard to decipher the visual vocabulary

Kate Kellaway

01, Oct, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Aida review – power and passion marred by a few duff notes
Phelim McDermott’s new production for ENO features some virtuoso turns and preserves the tragedy’s air of mystery, but at times lacks cohesion

Tim Ashley

28, Sep, 2017 @11:24 PM

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BambinO – opera for real beginners
An audience of under-twos is captivated by Scottish Opera’s latest new work – and so is our critic

Fiona Maddocks

14, Jul, 2017 @10:15 AM

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Opening Skinner’s Box review – a little too educational
Improbable’s adaptation of Lauren Slater’s study of psychological experiments doesn’t quite make it off the page

Clare Brennan

01, May, 2016 @6:00 AM

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Akhnaten review – musical prowess and, at times, astonishing theatre
The ENO chorus and a troupe of jugglers shine in Philip Glass’s evocative opera about an empire-building pharaoh

Fiona Maddocks

13, Mar, 2016 @8:30 AM

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