Yesterday, the second resignation of a prominent theatre director in Melbourne’s performing arts community was announced.
While Malthouse Theatre’s artistic director Michael Kantor will hand over the reigns to Marion Potts next year, his Melbourne Theatre Company counterpart, Simon Phillips, yesterday revealed he will leave the company in late 2011.
Phillips will be remembered among other things for his hugely successful productions of Richard III this year and Tracey Letts’ masterpiece August: Osage County in 2009. The MTC will now embark on an international search for a replacement.
Meanwhile, Phillips will move on to freelance directing, including commitments with the stage musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, currently showing at London’s Palace Theatre and due to move to Toronto this October, then Broadway in the Spring of 2011.