Philip's Top 5

Every week London editor Philip Fisher selects the top five plays in London.

The Alternative Top 5

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Almeida Theatre

Dona Croll, Kemi-Bo Jacobs and Ray Shell, Pamela Raith

All My Sons

Talawa Theatre Company at Salisbury Playhouse

Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone & Sean Jones as Mickey,

Blood Brothers

Bill Kenwright by arrangement with Bob Swash at Palace Theatre, Manchester

Raymond Coulthard (King George VI) and Jason Donovan (Lionel Logue), Hugo Glendinning

The King's Speech

Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Chichester Festival Theatre at Birmingham REP

Andrew Venning as Macbeth,


David Shopland at Lost Theatre



Bush Moukarzel and Dead Centre at Young Vic

Andi Xhuma and Ian Garside, Kris Rozental


DV8 Physical Theatre at The Lowry, Salford

Boi Boi is Dead

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Tiata Fahodzi & Watford Palace Theatre at Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse

While You Wait

BTG has partnered with Fuel Theatre on a series of podcasts called While You Wait.

  1. Waiting... Now by Paul Clark in collaboration with Bill Brewer
  2. Waiting... to be born by Lewis Gibson in collaboration with Debra Bick and Sarah Beake
  3. Waiting... in a hairdressers by Malika Booker in collaboration with Emily Butterworth
  4. Waiting... to come home by Caroline Horton in collaboration with Jennifer Wild
  5. Waiting... for a Cancer Diagnosis by Brian Lobel, in collaboration with Iain Perdue
  6. Waiting... are we? By The Company in collaboration with Jonathan Reades and Raphael Woolf
  7. Waiting... for a loved one to die by Rachel Mars in collaboration with Fliss Murtagh
  8. Waiting... for the inevitable by Toby Jones in collaboration with Peter Giese

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