Women in Film: Lloyd, Phyllida–Director of Mamma Mia!

One of Britains most in-demand theater and opera directors, Phyllida Lloyd staged the smash-hit musical Mamma Mia!, which, after almost a decade, continues to play to sold-out houses on Broadway, in Londons West End and around the world.

Lloyd has directed notable productions of plays at leading theaters, including The Duchess of Malfi, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Pericles, The Way of the World, What the Butler Saw (Royal National Theatre), The Virtuoso, Artists and Admirers (Royal Shakespeare Company), Six Degrees of Separation, Hysteria, Wild East (Royal Court), The Threepenny Opera, Boston Marriage, Mary Stuart (Donmar Warehouse), The Winters Tale, Death and the Kings Horseman, Medea, The School for Scandal (Royal Exchange Theatre Company, Manchester), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeares Globe Theatre), The Comedy of Errors, A Streetcar Named Desire, Dona Rosita the Spinster and Oliver Twist (Bristol Old Vic).

For Opera North, she directed productions of LEtoile, La Bohme, Medea, Carmen, Albert Herring, Peter Grimes (winner of the South Bank Opera Award and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and a nominee for the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production) and Gloriana, which she filmed for BBC television, and for which she won an International Emmy.

Other opera work includes Macbeth (Opra National de Paris and Royal Opera House, London), The Carmelites, Verdis Requiem and Wagners Ring Cycle (English National Opera, Welsh National Opera) and The Handmaids Tale (The Royal Danish Opera, English National Opera, Canadian Opera).

Lloyd’s production of Schillers “Mary Stuart” with Oscar-nominated actress Janet McTeer (“Tumbleweeds”) will open on Broadway in 2009.