Leading director of theatre and film. Her stage productions of Mamma Mia! and Tina: The Musical have been globally successful – both receiving Olivier and Tony nominations and awards. For the Donmar Warehouse she directed the all-female Shakespeare Trilogy with Harriet Walter which transferred to St Ann’s in New York and was filmed for BBC and PBS. Phyllida also directed Harriet in Mary Stuart with Janet Mcteer at the Donmar, which transferred to the West End and Broadway. Other New York stage productions include The Taming of the Shrew for The Public Theater at the Delacorte and Josephine and I with Cush Jumbo at The Bush Theatre and Joe’s Pub New York. She has also worked at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre and the RSC. Her work in opera has garnered an International Emmy, a FIPA d’Or, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and The South Bank Award. Her productions include works for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Opera North.
Phyllida’s film credits include Herself with Clare Dunne which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, The Iron Lady for which Meryl Streep won an academy award, and Gloriana: A Film for the BBC. After the success of the stage show of Mamma Mia!, Phyllida went on to direct the film for Universal Pictures.
In 2010, Phyllida was awarded a CBE for her services to drama.