Philip's Top 5

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

The Alternative Top 5

Edinburgh Festivals

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

Latest reviews

Paco Peña's Patrias, Ilgin Erarslan Yanmaz


Paco Peña Flamenco Company at The Edinburgh Playhouse

Brian Capron and Kim Tiddy in Double Death,

Double Death

Talking Scarlet at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Regina Advento in Sweet Mambo, Jong Duk Woo

Sweet Mambo

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at The Edinburgh Playhouse

Matthew Vaughan (Count Dracula), Keith Pattison


Theatre by the Lake at Theatre by the Lake


Fourth Monkey Theatre Company at theSpace on North Bridge

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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The Last Ship Comes Home

Sting is to perform songs from The Last Ship, his latest album and new Broadway musical of the same name, in Gateshead next year.

Dirty Dancing on Blackpool promenade

Highlights from Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will feature in a West End-themed extravaganza as part of the new Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Festival Weekend.

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday August 24.

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 25 August.

Cat Comes to Northern Stage

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, a co-production between Royal and Derngate, the Royal Exchange and Northern Stage, comes to Newcastle on 18th September.