Phelim McDermott (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.
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 and in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He also appeared in the BBC Radio 4 improvisational show The Masterson Inheritance (1993 to 1995).
- 1998: Shockheaded Peter for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, and the Lyric Hammersmith, London
- 2002: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare for Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg
- 2007: Satyagraha by Philip Glass for English National Opera (ENO), and in 2008 for the Metropolitan Opera (MET), New York; restaged at the ENO in 2009 and 2013, and in 2011 at the MET
- 2009: The Addams Family with Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane, Oriental Theatre, Chicago, and in 2010 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Broadway
- 2011: The Enchanted Island for the Metropolitan Opera, New York
- 2013: The Perfect American by Philip Glass for Teatro Real, Madrid, English National Opera, and in 2014 for Opera Queensland and Brisbane Festival
- 2014: Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for English National Opera
- 2016: Akhnaten by Philip Glass for English National Opera
- 2017: Aida by Giuseppe Verdi for English National Opera
- 2018: Così fan tutte by Mozart, a new production for the Metropolitan Opera
- Often misspelled as "MacDermott"
- "Improbable Team". Archived from the original on 2014-11-22.
- Phelim McDermott on IMDb
- Profile Archived 2014-09-07 at the Wayback Machine., Opera Queensland
- "Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg: Saisonstart mit Schiller", 4 June 2001, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German)
- Satyagraha performance details, English National Opera
- "Operatic Pageantry With Gandhi, Dr. King and a Message of Pacifism" by James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, 6 November 2011
- "Shiny Bibelot From Shakespeare, Handel & Co." by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 1 January 2012
- "A New Vision for Mozart's Così fan tutte, at the Met", The New Yorker, 12 March 2018