Phelim McDermott[1] (born 21 August 1963) is an English actor and stage director. He has directed plays and operas in Britain, Germany, Spain, the United States, and Australia. McDermott was a co-founder of the Improbable theatre in 1996.[2]

Phelim McDermott, 2014



McDermott was born in Manchester, England. His screen debut was as Jester in the 1991 film Robin Hood, followed by further minor roles in The Baby of Mâcon (1993) and other films. He has appeared on stage, including in 1991 at the Nottingham Playhouse production of Sandi Toksvig's The Pocket Dream,[citation needed] in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream,[citation needed] and in a 2017 production of Lost Without Words at the Royal National Theatre.[3] He also appeared in the BBC Radio 4 improvisational show The Masterson Inheritance (1993 to 1995).

He was made an Honorary Doctor of Middlesex University in 2007.[4]

McDermott received the 2023 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director for My Neighbour Totoro.[5]

Notable productions



  1. ^ Often misspelled as "MacDermott"
  2. ^ "Improbable Team". Archived from the original on 2014-11-22.
  3. ^ Bowie-Sell, Daisy (14 March 2017). "We ignore older actors at our absolute peril". Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  4. ^ Profile Archived 2014-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, Opera Queensland
  5. ^ "Olivier awards 2023: full list of winners". The Guardian. 3 April 2023. Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  6. ^ "Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg: Saisonstart mit Schiller", 4 June 2001, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German)
  7. ^ Satyagraha performance details, English National Opera
  8. ^ "Operatic Pageantry With Gandhi, Dr. King and a Message of Pacifism" by James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, 6 November 2011
  9. ^ "Shiny Bibelot From Shakespeare, Handel & Co." by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 1 January 2012
  10. ^ "A New Vision for Mozart's Così fan tutte, at the Met", The New Yorker, 12 March 2018
  11. ^ "Tao of Glass review – golden odyssey through Philip Glass's music". The Guardian. 2019-07-15. Retrieved 2022-11-15.