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

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You by Mark Wilson at VAULT Festival,


Longsight Theatre at VAULT Festival

Andrew Hollingworth and Oriana Charles in Bump!,


Buckle Up Theatre at VAULT Festival

Tom Kay (Stephen Wraysford) and Madeleine Knight (Isabelle Azaire), Jack Ladenburg


Birdsong Productions Ltd and The Original Theatre Company at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Brendan Charleson, Kieran Cudlip

A Number

The Other Room at The Other Room at Porters

The set and cast of Wonderland, Darren Bell


Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse

Ruth Gemmell (Herself) and Sharon Small (Alice) in Still Alice, Geraint Lewis

Still Alice

West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with Michael Park for The Infinite Group at Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse

George Parker and Molly Chesworth in Teddy, Scott Rylander


Snapdragon Productions and The Watermill Theatre at The Lowry

Gold Coast

Eloise Lally Productions in association with Theatre503 at Theatre503

Kaitlin Howard as Chavalière D'Eon de Beaumont, Shay Rowan


The Straight Acting Theatre Company at Hope Mill Theatre

Belinda McGuirk, Daniel Beacock


Chickenshed at Chickenshed

Alexander Campbell as Albrecht and Francesca Hayward as Giselle, Helen Maybanks


The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House

Joanne Clifton as Alex,


Selladoor Productions and Runaway Entertainment at Palace Theatre, Manchester

Maximilian Marston and Rachel Lea-Grady, Scott Rylander

Carmen 1808

The Phil Willmott Company at Union Theatre

Ayoola Smart as Desdemona and Okorie Chukwu as Othello, Graham Michael


Unicorn Theatre at Unicorn Theatre (Weston Theatre)

Troupers: Paul Nicholas, Sue Holderness, Jeff Rawle and Wendi Peters, Thousand Word Media


Everyman Theatre at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Vanessa Donovan and Stephen Hogan, Eddie Otchere

Mad as Hell

Jermyn Street Theatre at Jermyn Street Theatre

Indamora (Neerja Naik) and Aureng-zebe (Naeem Hayat), Nobby Clark

The Captive Queen

Northern Broadsides, Shakespeare's Globe at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Isabel Pollen (Laura) and Jim Sturgeon (Alec),

Brief Encounter

Kneehigh Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre at Birmingham REP

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