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Philip Engleheart

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  • Guys and Dolls
  • There
  • Metamorphosis


Philip's most recent work includes “FunHome” for Pangdemonium! in Singapore, and “Spring Awakening”, Fiddler on the Roof” and “Cabaret, "Love and a Bottle" for Max Stafford Clark; "Attempts on her Life" for Philip Wilson and "Something Cloudy, Something Clear" for Rebecca Frecknall all for LAMDA; “Far From the Madding Crowd” and "Sense & Sensibility" at the Watermill, Newbury for Jessica Swale.
Recent international work includes "Gruesome Playground Injuries", "Next to Normal" and "Rabbit Hole" for Pangdemonium!, attracting a variety of Life Awards and nominations.
He made "West Side Story" for Pimlico Opera , having made "Les Miserables" with them last year, converting an HMPrison gym into a theatre with an integrated cast of inmates and opera professionals.
He designed the first airing of Jessica Swale's "Blue Stockings" at the RADA, after having collaborated with her while designing Robin Soan's "One Turbulent Ambassador" about UK government in Uzbekistan, directed by Jessica at the Lyric, Hammersmith.
Other pieces include "School for Wives" and "Daisy Pulls It Off" at the Lyric, Hammersmith, plus "Much Ado About Nothing" with 1950s songs, for the Shakespeare Festival, Neuss, Germany all with Stephen Jameson, A sell-out production of "The Full Monty" musical in Singapore ( nominated Best Design), and "Guys and Dolls" for LAMDA. Other work includes the new musical version of "Passport to Pimlico" and Cole Porter's "CanCan" (LAMDA); Brecht's "A Respectable Wedding" for Edinburgh Fringe & Komedia, Brighton and Berkoff's "Metamorphosis" (Ono Theatre); "Cinderella" (Guildhall 125th Anniversary); and "The Desire Tree", an Anglo-Georgian production developed with Zygo and the Tumanishvilli Theatre, Tblisi.

His work often incorporates puppetry, circus and mask, specifically "The Ugly Duckling" (Singapore Repertory Theatre); "Alice", "Le Petit Prince", "Creaking Shadows", "The Wife of Bath" and "Tempting Fate" (Trading Faces), plus "Little Victories", "The Sea of Silence", Michael Rosen's "The Sound Collector" and many other original pieces for Quicksilver plus "The Nose" (Attic/Old Red Lion - nominated for Best Fringe Design) and "Rhinoceros" (Riverside Studios). He was the Lead Artist for the creating of giant puppets for the Roald Dahl Festival 2011in conjunction with Re;Create in Aylesbury.

Designs for musicals include "Kiss Me Kate", "Maggie May", "The Fix", "Cabaret" and "On The Town", as well as plays "The Libertine", "Victory", "The Country Wife" and "The Master and Margarita" (LAMDA). Others include "The Complete History of America" (Reduced Shakespeare Company); "The Bradshaws" (Oldham Coliseum); "Amadeus", "The Wizard of Oz" (Aberystwyth); "La Locandiera", "The School for Scandal", "Animal Farm", "A Slight Ache" (Il Palchetto) and "Robin Hood" (Wilde, Bracknell); "Betrayal", "Art" and "Life x 3" (Singapore Repertory Theatre) and the Olivier Storytelling Environment (Royal National Theatre, London).

He is frequently involved in devised work, site-specific theatre and new writing.
Philip is a visiting practitioner at The Central School of Speech and Drama, The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He holds a P.G.Certificate In Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as recognised by SEDA.