Philip's Top 5

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

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Juliette Binoche and Samuel Edward-Cook, Jan Versweyveld


Barbican and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, in association with Toneelgroep Amsterdam at Barbican Theatre

Paul (Adam Rudmore) and Snowy (Oliver Mott), Richard Stanton


Pentabus Theatre at Soho Theatre

David Ganly (Vanya), Anthony Robling

Uncle Vanya

West Yorkshire Playhouse at Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Gemma Whelan and Sean Verey, Radiant Vermin,

Radiant Vermin

Metal Rabbit and Supporting Wall at Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol

Jodie McNee and Mike Noble, Keith Pattison


Almeida Theatre

Dona Croll, Kemi-Bo Jacobs and Ray Shell, Pamela Raith

All My Sons

Talawa Theatre Company at Salisbury Playhouse

Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone & Sean Jones as Mickey,

Blood Brothers

Bill Kenwright by arrangement with Bob Swash at Palace Theatre, Manchester

Raymond Coulthard (King George VI) and Jason Donovan (Lionel Logue), Hugo Glendinning

The King's Speech

Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Chichester Festival Theatre at Birmingham REP

Andrew Venning as Macbeth,


David Shopland at Lost Theatre



Bush Moukarzel and Dead Centre at Young Vic

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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