LESSONS WILL BE TAUGHT IN A GREAT REHEARSAL SPACE -THE FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE IN HAMPSTEAD OR ONLINE OVER ZOOM.
Fully DBS (CRB) checked. I have helped students gain places at RADA, Guildhall and other top drama schools.
Alongside my acting work, I have run workshops and directed courses with children and young people at Shakespeare's Globe for the past 13 years. I also direct Shakespeare and modern text presentations at RADA, and Drama Studio London.
Performing speeches, modern or classical, can be daunting. Approaching Shakespeare can be intimidating. It needn't be. I want my students to obtain total ownership of the language, of their characters, and their performance. Using professional exercises to unlock the text and create heartfelt and truthful performances. I also have huge experience in auditioning and working within the industry in all fields so i can shape work accordingly. Above all i want my actors to enjoy themselves and learn to love their work as much as possible.
I can help with all drama school audition prep, as well as advise on how to conduct auditions and interviews etc. We can also work on poetry, storytelling and LAMDA exam work. Whatever is most applicable to you or your children.
One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. Philip will plan your first lesson with care.
I graduated from RADA in 2004, but started working as an actor when i was 12! Since RADA I have combined my work as an actor on stage and on screen with my passion for teaching and directing, helping to guide and advise those just entering, or considering entering, the industry. I teach and perform at Shakespeare's Globe, most recently in Macbeth, and I have directed at RADA and Drama Studio, as well as working one to one with students of all ages. I love my work as an actor and i love my work as a teacher. Currently appearing on STARZ in 'The Spanish Princess' season 2 as Thomas Wolsey, cardinal to Henry VIII! And soon to be filming 'Whitstable Pearl' in Jan 2021.
14 different productions as an actor at Shakespeares Globe.
Working with David Suchet in The Importance of Being Earnest in the West End 2016.
Working with Martin Freeman in Richard III in the West End in 2015
Work at The RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Acting in ITV's Girlfriends alongside Miranda Richardson and Zoe Wanamaker.
Teaching at RADA and East 15 drama schools.
Performing on screen in THE SPANISH PRINCESS (Two seasons) for STARZ playing Thomas Wolsey
Working on The Sam Wanamaker Festival leading workshops on performing Shakespeare with students from all the major drama schools.
Guiding several students to places at top drama schools including RADA.
Following the first session if you want to continue with future lessons than i would be happy to offer
1hr lessons for £40.
90 minute lessons for £50.
Two hour lessons for £60.
PHILIP CUMBUS - Actor, Director, Teacher
ACTING TRAINING – 3 Year course at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) BA Acting
Other Training – Distinction for BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts, GCSE A* in Drama and A* in Expressive Arts.
Theatre Acting includes – Banquo in Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe SW Playhouse) The Best Man (West End), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Donmar Warehouse), Comus (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Inn At Lydda (Wanamaker Playhouse), First Light (Minerva Theatre Chichester), Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre West End), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Wanamaker Playhouse), Richmond in Richard III (Trafalgar Studios starring Martin Freeman), Moon Tiger (Theatre Royal Bath and tour), The Lightning Child, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Globe Mysteries, title role in Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe and UAE tour) Helen, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice and Holding Fire (Shakespeare’s Globe), Norman in The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse), 66 Books (Bush Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe and USA tour), The Crucible (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Man Who Had All the Luck (Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), The Master Builder, In Praise of Love (Minerva Theatre Chichester), JL Carr’s A Month in the Country, and Vincent Van Gogh in Vincent in Brixton (Salisbury Playhouse), title role in Edward II (BAC), The Seagull (Northcott Theatre), The Duchess of Malfi (WYP), Great Expectations (RSC), The Fence (The Wrestling School), The Soldier (Edinburgh Fringe),
Television includes The Spanish Princess Season 1 and 2 (STARZ and Amazon Prime), Girlfriends (ITV), The Rebel (Sky Gold), A Touch of Frost, Hope and Glory, My Hero.
Radio includes Our Brave Boys, The Story of St Francis
Films include the short A Doll’s House.
TEACHING AND DIRECTING WORK
Directing 'Cymbeline' for third year students 2020 at Drama Studio London
Directing the Shakespeare Project at RADA in 2016 with second year acting students. Including Jamael Westman who now plays the title role in ‘Hamilton’ in London.
Directing Shakespeare Scene Study and monologues at RADA with NYU Students.
Directing a Shakespeare Sonnet Project at RADA with the three year acting course students in conjunction with The British Museum.
10 years of work at Shakespeare’s Globe teaching Shakespeare and acting to secondary school students, GCSE and A level, university students and teachers in training as well as working with students from virtually all the drama schools across the UK. I have taught students across the world, leading workshops in how to approach and perform Shakespeare.
Audition Prep and speech work with modern and classical texts with various talented students over the years.
Perfect! Philip is a brilliant acting coach!
The lessons are always so well organised. He really targets all aspects needed to create life full performances. He has an incredible eye for detail and can really pick out great moments for you to discover. His passion and knowledge really shine through and he can communicate his teachings in a way that is easy to understand and relateable.
My confidence in acting has really started to take flight thanks to Philip!
Perfect! Philip is an excellent tutor who I would highly recommend to anyone! He has really focused on specific ways for me progress in my acting abilities, and always goes about this in a very fun and interesting fashion. He is a super teacher who has made me feel comfortable in our lessons and thanks to his excellent tuition I have been able to get onto a BA Acting course at a school of my choice.
Fantastic student. Marnie is hard working, open, communicative and brilliantly focused. She makes the process of teaching and directing very easy. She takes notes well, commits to the work and has developed into a really nuanced and gifted performer. I would highly recommend her as a student and as an actor.
Perfect! Philip is a wonderful teacher. With a few sessions he turned my ten year old from someone who’d memorised poems but never acted before into a genuinely good actor - it was wonderful to watch. He is working with him on LAMDA and Shakespeare. His demeanour is gentle and very encouraging, and his approach is to ask questions with a sense of curiosity, inspire rather than order, and work thoroughly with the text so it brings out the natural skill of the child rather than anything that feels artificial or pressured. He’s flexible and works with the child and their circumstances. He is a wonderful teacher as well as a skilled actor and director currently working on projects and my child loves working with him. Highly recommended.
Perfect! Phillip is incredible! I've always struggled with approaching Shakespeare and delivering it in a engaging way but after only having a few sessions with him I feel so much more confident with it and he has really helped me to loosen up and just go for it! He's so knowledgeable and you will really learn a lot and grow as an actor by having sessions with him.
Perfect! Philip is a fantastic tutor. I felt really at ease with him and was introduced to a very fresh perspective of Shakespeare, in which he has a lot of knowledge. He also included other elements which helped bring the work to life more during our sessions. It’s been a pleasure to work with him, and I’ve felt safe and never worried about being judged. I’d recommend highly!
Perfect! Philip has been tutoring me for my drama school auditions. I’ve been extremely impressed with his professionalism, patience and teaching. His tips and strategies are proving helpful but more importantly, he is working with a pace that has suited my skillset. My confidence grows with every session and I can most definitely see an improvement from when I started.
I can highly recommend Philip to anyone looking for an acting coach/teacher!
Perfect! We couldn't start because of coven but he was incredibly kind.
We emailed but didn't end up working together. They seemed lovely!
Perfect! An absolutely fantastic tutor, who always helps and guides exploration and risk taking with monologues, whilst also preparing you for performing them for real in auditions. Philip always puts you at ease and helps you with understanding the continual process that speeches require, as well as giving advice on different monologues. The work he does is incredibly detailed with both Shakespeare and modern speeches, and gives you confidence in the work you do. More than this, is that any nerves of 'performing' are totally taken away, and with the sessions I am constantly surprised by not only how much I discover, but how much I enjoy it. Have recommended, and will continue to do so.
Calvin was a totally superb student. Talented and easy to work with. He was always reliable, prompt and communicative with arrangements and he was always very good at working around my sometimes chaotic and changeable schedule! He took onboard the teaching brilliantly and clearly worked hard outside of the lesson time to embed the learning. I would heartily recommend him as a student and actor.
Perfect! Philip is one of the best acting tutors I have worked with. His approach to your monologues is so detailed and has really transformed my monologues by working in depth on the texts and performance. Philip has also instilled a great level of confidence in me for auditioning. It has been an absolute joy working with Philip to explore my texts and better my performance where I can confidently say that Philip has taken my performance to a new level. I highly recommend Philip to anyone auditioning for drama school or acting coaching.
Philip is a highly skilled actor and tutor. His experience and love for the craft shines through in all his work. He has support me and help me grow as a professional actor. His insight and ability to guide you in getting results is why i would recommend him.
My daughter was a member of the Globe Young Players a few years ago and performed at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse when Phil was an acting coach on the team. She is now a professional actress and benefited hugely from Phil's advice and encouragement. She remembers how excellent he was at treating everyone as an individual and bringing out their latent skills. I would recommend Phil to anyone who needs encouragement and confidence. His considerable skill as an actor is communicated and shared with his pupils.
I learned so much off Philip while working with him at The Globe Theatre, I was a new actor straight out of drama school and it was my first job, he was extremely knowledgeable and I looked up to him. He was always on hand to help me with text and historical context, and assist in making apt choices. He was a ridiculously calming influence and great fun to be around.
I first met Philip at the Globe Theatre in 2007 when he was playing Bassanio; most recently he was Banquo in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse over the winter. He is a wonderful actor and I personally remember him as being outstanding in Comus (SWP) and in The Importance at the Vaudeville.
Philip is also a teacher and his openness, and his theatrical instincts makes him a very fine one. In 2011 the Globe funded me and three actors, Philip being one, to study Shakespeare's verse and how we instinctively breathe during speech. I learnt much from him at that time.
I would recommend that everyone, if they have the chance, to see Philip at work, or better still to work with him.
Giles Block (Globe Associate, Text, 1999-now.)
I have known Philip for a decade. In all my dealings with him I have found him to be honest, exacting, principled and generous of spirit. He is also an extremely fine actor himself. I have no hesitation in recommending him as a teacher.
Phil was an excellent acting coach, who always made me feel very comfortable and confident in what I was doing. His extensive knowledge meant that he always knew how to get the best natural performance out of me. Would highly recommend him to anyone of all levels of acting ability!
Philip is a fantastic teacher! He has helped me over the last few years get a real understanding of what it is to be an actor, he is always encouraging and always there to help.
I would recommend Philip to anyone who is interested in either improving their ability or taking it to the next level. I wouldn't be where I am today without his help.
A while back, I took part in a 2 hour Shakespeare workshop at The Globe with Philip. I was genuinely surprised by how much I learnt in two hours - the general spirit of it was fast-paced, try-it-out and get it wrong, and he mixed rhythm & movement based exercises with the heart of the session: what it means to speak Shakespeare instinctively, openly and audibly. And without too much worrying.
I recommend Philip as an outstanding choice for any younger actor looking to hone & deepen their craft - he certainly helped me!
Edwin Thomas, Actor.
Philip is a great actor and has a lot of experience working with students of all ages.
Tom Davey, Shakespeare’s Globe Learning Consultant
Philip and I have worked together twice. He is an extraordinary actor and a brilliant man. I have rarely met anyone who can make Shakespeare so understandable and the language so accessible. He’s the best. X
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