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

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Justin Butcher and James Rowland , Alex Brenner

The Dragon

Tangram Theatre Company at Southwark Playhouse

Chris Bostock, the Snow Bear, the Tomten and Ken Pattison,

The Snow Bear

Hearthside Tales at St Mary's Heritage Centre, Gateshead

 Zoe Nicole Adkin (Cinderella), Mike Goble (Buttons) and Richard Alan (Baron Hardup) in 'Cinderella' at the Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Stephen Candy Photography


The Capitol Horsham at The Capitol Horsham

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

Susan Stanley as Marci and Hamish Clark as Phil, Harry Grindrod

Almost, Maine

Go People in association with Park Theatre at Park Theatre (Park 90)

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


Qdos Entertainment at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

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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