Philip's Top 5

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

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The Glass Menagerie

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Headlong and West Yorkshire Playhouse at Liverpool Playhouse

Carys Eleri, Guto Wynne Davies, Ceri Murphy, Jorge Lizalde


August 012 at Chapter, Cardiff


Proper Job Theatre at The Met, Bury



West Yorkshire Playhouse at The Witham, Barnard Castle

Kathy Tyson as Evangeline , Elke Brook

She Called Me Mother

Pitch Lake Productions with Tara Arts for Black Theatre Live at Stratford Circus

Shamira Turner as Robert, Bernhardt Müller


1927 at Home Manchester

The Talent 2015 are: Leon Poulton, Andrea Carucciu, Matthew Sandiford, Edward Pearce, Bradley Waller, Leon Poulton, Flavien Esmieu, Marc Galvez, Harry Price and Matthew Rees, Panayiotis Sinnos

Ballet Boyz: Young Men

Ballet Boyz with Sadlers Wells and 14-18 NOW - WW1 Centenary Arts Commissions at Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Kenneth Cranham as André and Claire Skinner as Anne, Simon Annand

The Father

Theatre Royal Bath, Tricycle Theatre and Simon Friend at Wyndhams Theatre

Claire Tustin, Matthew Gundel, Samantha Morris, Calum Howard,

Man on the Moon

New Writing North, Sage Gateshead and Durham Book Festival at The Sage, Gateshead



Paines Plough at Brewery Arts Centre

Paul Murphy as the unnamed Man, Jack Sain


Theatre503 in association with Sheer Drop Theatre at Theatre503

Dale Rapley (Clarence) and Reece Dinsdale (Richard), Anthony Robling

Richard III

West Yorkshire Playhouse at Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse


Theatre Royal Stratford East, Team Angelica and Exact Content at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Hofesh Shechter Company: deGeneration performed by Shechter Junior, Victor Frankowski. 2015


Shechter Junior at Stratford Circus Arts Centre

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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