Phelim McDermott

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Phelim McDermott, 2014

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]


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.[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]

Notable productions[edit]


  1. ^ Often misspelled as "MacDermott"
  2. ^ "Improbable Team". Archived from the original on 2014-11-22.
  3. ^ Phelim McDermott on IMDb
  4. ^ Profile Archived 2014-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, Opera Queensland
  5. ^ "Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg: Saisonstart mit Schiller", 4 June 2001, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ‹See Tfd›(in German)
  6. ^ Satyagraha performance details, English National Opera
  7. ^ "Operatic Pageantry With Gandhi, Dr. King and a Message of Pacifism" by James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, 6 November 2011
  8. ^ "Shiny Bibelot From Shakespeare, Handel & Co." by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 1 January 2012
  9. ^ "A New Vision for Mozart's Così fan tutte, at the Met", The New Yorker, 12 March 2018

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