Hope for Phil Bartlett

Published: 15 August 2021
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Hope Theatre, London Credit: Hope Theatre

Phil Bartlett is to be the new artistic director of Hope Theatre.

He trained as a director at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and past roles include resident assistant director at Theatre Royal Plymouth and resident director on the UK and Ireland tour of Matilda the Musical.

Bartlett directed Marie, winning the Scottish Arts Club Bright Spark Award at the Edinburgh Fringe, and A Christmas Carol at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester.

Other activities involve outreach and education initiatives.

Phil Bartlett said of his appointment, "I’m really delighted to have been given this rare opportunity to help shape the future of a leading London fringe venue. The Hope Theatre has repeatedly proven it is possible to produce exceptional theatre in the most intimate of spaces and, as the incoming artistic director, I’m excited to support a diverse range of artists in telling stories that are bold, surprising and have something vital to say about the world we are living in now."

Bartlett takes over from Kennedy Bloomer who leaves at the end of this month.

Bloomer's last season at the 50-seat pub theatre includes Fever Pitch, The Good Dad, King, Rat King, Lovesick and Darling. December sees a live version of an earlier digital offering, 21 Round For Christmas.