Philip's Top 5

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

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Edinburgh Festivals

See our Edinburgh 2014 page for news, features and reviews from this year's Edinburgh Fringe, International and Book Festivals.

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Donald McBride in Choir,


Encounter Productions, Alnwick Playhouse, ARC Stockton, Arts Centre Washington and Northern Stage at Northern Stage, Newcastle

Maxine Peake as Hamlet, Jonathan Keenan


Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Cillian Murphy, Patrick Redmond


Landmark Productions at Lyttelton Theatre (National)


English National Opera at London Coliseum

Jake Costello in Spank House, Tim Stubbs Hughes

Spank House

The Jack Studio Theatre at The Jack Studio Theatre

Leigh Symonds, Russell Dixon and Brooke Kinsella in Roundelay, Tony Bartholomew


The Stephen Joseph Theatre Company at Stephen Joseph Theatre

Wendy Hoose, Eoin Carey

Wendy Hoose

Birds Of Paradise and Random Accomplice at Sherman Cymru

Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles, Johan Persson

King Charles III

Sonia Friedman Productions, Stuart Thompson Productions and the Almeida Theatre in association with Lee Dean & Charles Diamond and Tulchin Bartner Productions at Wyndham’s Theatre

Joe McGann as Al and Shobna Gulati as Bet, Robert Day

April in Paris

April in Paris Ltd, JAM Pictures Ltd and Derby Theatre at Richmond Theatre

Tobias Batley as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina in Northern Ballet's Dracula, Justin Slee


Northern Ballet at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Olivia Hallinan as Lotty and Maark Letheren As General Rolf Bernberg, Peter Gurr

Lotty's War

Lotty's War Ltd in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

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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