Arlene Phillips is a show business legend, honoured as a CBE for her services to dance and charity. Since creating the revolutionary dance group Hot Gossip in the 1970’s, Arlene has gone on to work with superstars from across the world of entertainment and she has been nominated for Emmy, Tony and Laurence Olivier awards. Her insightful expertise has been broadcast to millions in her role as a TV judge on hit shows such Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance.
Arlene’s theatre choreography includes Starlight Express, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music, We Will Rock You, Grease, Flashdance. Outside of her work in theatre, she has choreographed films such as ‘Annie’ directed by the legendary John Huston, Monty Python’s ‘The Meaning of Life’, ‘Legend’ directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise and ‘Highlander’ starring Sean Connery. The roster of international pop stars Arlene has worked with includes Whitney Houston, Elton John, Queen, Robbie Williams, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, Donna Summer, Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner.
Arlene’s recent work includes: choreographing the musical numbers in acclaimed playwright Alan Bennett’s latest work Allelujah!; choreographing the first ever scientific TV musical The Entire Universe with Eric Idle, Professor Brian Cox and Warwick Davies; a new BBC production of Midsummer Night’s Dream; a solo piece for Ed Watson of the Royal Ballet; and a duet for Candoco Dance Company. Arlene has also directed a contemporary new musical ‘Myth’ and a staged production of ‘A Little Princess’ with music by Tony-nominated composer Andrew Lippa. In 2017 she toured the UK with her own show ‘The Glitz, The Glamour, The Gossip: an evening with Arlene Phillips’ talking about her extensive career and telling stories from behind the scenes.