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

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Richard Kay, Susanna Meese, Robin Simpson and Lizzie Wiggs in Puss in Boots, Nick Ansell

Puss in Boots

York Theatre Royal, TongueTied Theatre and Telling Tales at York Theatre Royal De Grey Rooms

Gok Wan (Fairy Gok-Mother) and Brian Conley (Buttons) in 'Cinderella' at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Robin Jones


Qdos Entertainment at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Keith Chegwin as Buttons,


Martin Dodd for UK Productions at The Anvil Basingstoke

Christopher Neels as Leontes and Elizabeth Appleby as Hermione,

The Winter's Tale

Simon James Collier and The Shakespeare Sessions at Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella, Dan Wooller


Really Useful Theatres Group at London Palladium

1927, Bernhard Müller


1927 at Young Vic Theatre

Barry Drummond as Freddie in ENB's Nutcracker, ASH


English National Ballet at London Coliseum

12 Nights

Manchester Shakespeare Company at Three Minute Theatre, Manchester

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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