Performing Arts

The Harlequin Performing Arts Academy

Phil Cavill   Phil Cavill
West End star/
Vocal coach

Phil started his professional career in 1985 with Joe Longthorne, working extensively on his TV series and touring as one of his backing singers. He has also worked with many international entertainers, such as Bob Hope, Shirley Bassey, and Tom Jones to name just a few.

In 1990, Phil joined the cast of Miss Saigon where he understudied the role of the Engineer, which he got to play on numerous occasions. In 1993, Phil was asked by Sir Cameron Mackintosh to audition for the role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserables - the world’s most successful musical. He went on to play the role for almost 3 years, making him the single longest contracted Jean Valjean in the West end. Phil's renowned portrayal of Valjean also saw him: tour with the production all over the UK; represent the United Kingdom in the 10th anniversary of Les Miserables at the Royal Albert Hall in 1995, and at the closing ceremony for the 1996 European Cup Finals at Wembley Stadium; and, most recently, perform at London’s O2 Arena for Les Miserables’ 25th anniversary. In 1998, he could also be seen in the TV special “Hey, Mr Producer!” performed at The Lyceum Theatre. He now runs The Windmill Theatre School in the UK with his partner, teaching vocal coaching to both children and adults for the 7th successful year.

His TV credits include: three seasons of the BBC's Noel Edmonds Show; Central Television’s Joe Longthorne; Pebble Mill at One; Welcome Home Bob Hope at the London Palladium.

 
Netta Barnes   Netta Barnes
Windmill Theatre School Director/
Drama coach

Netta has been involved with drama since the age of 6 when she joined Sylvia Youngs Theatre School, performing both for the school and professionally. At the age of 17 she joined Italia Conti and after finishing her 3 year full time course started her adult career touring in various professional productions and repertory theatre companies.

On tour she worked with deaf children and went on to do 3 years of sign language taking her BSL Level 2. Although she learnt all aspects of musical theatre including singing and dancing, acting was her first love. She studied all the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) exams up to her teaching grade and has been putting hundreds of children through their LAMDA Speech and Drama exams for the past 10 years with fantastic results.

She started The Windmill Theatre School in January 2007 and now in its 6th year has over 100 children enjoying drama, dance and singing. They perform several shows a year including their weekly Summer School in the UK and abroad.

Phil Cavill   Phil Cavill
West End Star

Career Profile
 
Netta Barnes   Netta Barnes
Windmill Theatre School Director/
Drama coach


Career Profile