Philip's Top 5

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

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Chris Farish, Kirsten McTernan


Theatr Iolo, Theatre Hullabaloo at Chapter, Cardiff

Clifford Samuel and Amanda Drew,

The Events

Actors Touring Company at Northern Stage, Newcastle



Vertigo Theatre Productions at Three Minute Theatre, Manchester

Caryl Hughes and the ensemble of Paul Bunyan, Richard Hubert Smith

Paul Bunyan

English Touring Opera at York Theatre Royal

Clare Foster as Sarah Wise, Ian Tilton


Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Imelda Staunton as Margaret, Manuel Harlan

Good People

Hampstead Theatre Productions and Old Vic Productions at Noël Coward Theatre

Scene from Brassed Off, Nobby Clark

Brassed Off

Touring Consortium Theatre Company, York Theatre Royal and Bolton Octagon at Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Lyubov Andreyeva (centre) as Camille,


Eifman Ballet at London Coliseum

Corinne Jaber, David Sandison

Oh My Sweet Land

A Young Vic / Theatre de Viy-Lausanne co-production at Young Vic (Maria)

Jack Benjamin as Heathcliff, Andy Barker

Wuthering Heights

The Rosemary Branch Theatre and Tennison's Quirk in association with Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre at Rosemary Branch Theatre

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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