Philip's Top 5

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

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Rhys Warrington and Molly Lopresti, Brian Slater


tutti frutti (with CANDAL at Nottingham University) at Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Rehearsal Photo: Neil Grainger, Jamie Quinn and James Baxter, Chris Auld


TellTale Theatre Company in association with LittleMighty at Live Theatre, Newcastle

Northern Ballet dancers in Jonathan Watkins's 1984, Emma Kauldhar


Northern Ballet at Sadler's Wells

Jodie McNee (Kay Langrish) and Kelly Hotten (Helen Giniver), Richard Davenport

The Night Watch

Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Will Adamsdale, Brian Logan and Lloyd Hutchinson, Fuel

The Joke

Fuel Theatre at Camden People's 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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