Phyllida’s West End smash hit Mamma Mia! ran on Broadway for 10 years and 18 years on, the show still runs in the West End today and has subsequently opened globally, having now been seen by over 56 million people across 40 countries. The success of the show also led Phyllida to direct the film version of the musical for Universal Pictures, starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried – which went on to receive a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination.
She directed the critically acclaimed 5 star, TINA, in London’s West End, and the all female Shakespeare Trilogy: The Tempest, Julius Caesar and Henry IV (which was nominated for the Southbank Award) for the Donmar Warehouse – all of which were also seen in New York, where she has previously directed Taming of the Shrew, at the Public Theatre and Josephine and I at Joe’s Pub at The Public, a transfer from The Bush.
Previously for the Donmar Warehouse Phyllida directed Mary Stuart – which transferred to the Apollo Theatre London and then Broadway – The Threepenny Opera and Boston Marriage. She directed Six Degrees of Separation, Hysteria and Wild East all for the Royal Court, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with Fiona Shaw at Old Vic Tunnels, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Epidavros, The Way of the World, Pericles, What the Butler Saw, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Duchess of Malfi all for the National Theatre, and Artists and Admirers and The Virtuoso for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Phyllida’s other film credits include the Oscar Award-winning The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent, Herself which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2020 and Gloriana for the BBC.
Phyllida has also directed many operatic productions including works for the Royal Opera House and English National Opera and Opera North. Her work in opera has garnered an International Emmy, a FIPA d’Or and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. In 2010, Phyllida was awarded a CBE for her services to drama.