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

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The Muse,

The Muse

Palimpsest at Leighton House Museum, Holland Park

Rebecca Rayne as Rhoda and Beth Eyre as Christine, David Monteith-Hodge

The Bad Seed

OutFox Productions at The Jack Studio Theatre

Murder on the Capitol, Helen Maybanks, RSC

Julius Caesar

Royal Shakespeare Company at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Danny Mellor as Dale,


Danny Mellor Presents at Wilton's Music Hall

Kieran Hurley, Niall Walker

Heads Up

Show And Tell at Battersea Arts Centre

Jacqueline Phillips,


Little Cog, Annabel Turpin and Cultural Shift at Stage 3, Northern Stage, Newcastle

Scarpia (Craig Smith) and Tosca (Paula Sides), Richard Hubert Smith


English Touring Opera at Sheffield Lyceum

Flaminia Cinque (Mrs Pearce), Raphael Sowole (Colonel Pickering), Natalie Gavin (Eliza Doolittle), Alex Beckett (Henry Higgins), Manuel Harlan


Headlong, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and West Yorkshire Playhouse at Curve Theatre, Leicester

Clive Mantle and Jack Shepherd as Frank Galvin and Moe  Katz,

The Verdict

The Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Lourdes Faberes as Tamburlaine and Leo Wan as Mycetes, Robert Workman


Yellow Earth at Arcola Theatre (Studio 2)

OBRA in Gaudete, Isabelle Bazin Souriment


OBRA at Quays Theatre at The Lowry, Salford

Charlie Condou as Reverend Hale, Eoin Slattery as John Proctor and Victoria Yeates as Elizabeth Proctor, Alessia Chinazzo

The Crucible

Selladoor, Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, Les Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg and Matthew Cundy Productions at Everyman, Cheltenham

Marios Iordanu as The Cretan,

The Cretan

Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Hellenic Centre

Rounds, Stephen Poole


Resuscitate Theatre at Blue Elephant Theatre

The Nether, John Rowley

The Nether

Company of Sirens / good cop bad cop at Seligman Theatre, Chapter, Cardiff

George Rae as Xanthias and Michael Matus as Dionysos, David Ovenden

The Frogs

House on the Hill Productions in association with Jermyn Street Theatre at Jermyn Street Theatre

Susan Wooldridge as Judith Bliss, Mihaela Bodlovic

Hay Fever

Royal Lyceum Theatre and Citizens Theatre at Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Ed Richards, Rachel Alexander, Gemma Rowan, Oliviero Papi, Ixchel Rubio Martinez, Caitlin Rose Smith and Fabian Wixe, Isabelle Souriment


OBRA at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

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