Philip's Top 5
Every week London editor Philip Fisher selects the top five plays in London.
The Alternative Top 5
- The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre, London)
- Beautiful—The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre)
- Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, 39 -45 Shaftesbury Avenue)
- Buyer and Cellar (Menier Chocolate Factory)
- Measure for Measure (Barbican, Silk Street Theatre)
Reallife Theatre Company at Joshua Brooks, Manchester
Joshua Andrews and Peter James in association with Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for The Booking Office at Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Theatre Renegade at Southwark Playhouse (The Little)
Theatre Alibi at Northern Stage, Newcastle
Ontroerend Goed & The Border Project in cooperation with Drum Theatre Plymouth, Vooruit & Richard Jordan Productions Ltd at Unicorn Theatre
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Regan De Wynter at Richmond Theatre
Cheek by Jowl at Barbican, Silk Street Theatre
Clwyd Theatr Cymru at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold
Chris Goode & Co at South Street Arts Centre
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at Sadler's Wells
Royal Court Liverpool at Royal Court Liverpool
Children's Touring Partnership at The Lowry, Salford
David Hutchinson & Philip Rowntree for Sell A Door Theatre Company at Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Traverse Theatre Company at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Giant Cherry Productions at Park Theatre (90)
Royal Court Theatre Downstairs
Nottingham Playhouse, Curve Theatre, with Tom O'Connell for QNQ at The Lowry (Quays Theatre)
Bill Kenwright at Palace Theatre, Manchester
Hightide at Soho Upstairs
While You Wait
BTG has partnered with Fuel Theatre on a series of podcasts called While You Wait.
- Waiting... Now by Paul Clark in collaboration with Bill Brewer
- Waiting... to be born by Lewis Gibson in collaboration with Debra Bick and Sarah Beake
- Waiting... in a hairdressers by Malika Booker in collaboration with Emily Butterworth
- Waiting... to come home by Caroline Horton in collaboration with Jennifer Wild
- Waiting... for a Cancer Diagnosis by Brian Lobel, in collaboration with Iain Perdue
- Waiting... are we? By The Company in collaboration with Jonathan Reades and Raphael Woolf
- Waiting... for a loved one to die by Rachel Mars in collaboration with Fliss Murtagh
- Waiting... for the inevitable by Toby Jones in collaboration with Peter Giese
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