Philip's Top 5

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

The Alternative Top 5

Current Festivals

We have separate pages for news and reviews from current and upcoming festivals, including Buxton Fringe, 24:7 Theatre Festival and all the 2014 Edinburgh Festivals

Latest reviews

Amanda Hale (Morris), Stanley Townsend (Sims), Johan Persson

The Nether

Headlong at Royal Court Theatre Downstairs

Jamie Noar, Martin McCarthy, Alex Hammond, Mathew James Hinchliffe and Jodie Prenger, Philip Tull

Calamity Jane

The Watermill Theatre Company at The Watermill Theatre Newbury

Shiori Kase as Coppélia and as Dr Coppélius, David Jensen


English National Ballet at London Coliseum

The Secret Garden,

The Secret Garden

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Company at Grosvenor Park Chester



Northern Edge at Finborough Theatre

Lily Shepherd as Ellie and Jackie Jones as Lorraine, Grant Archer, Act iii

Three Women

24:7 Theatre Festival, New Century House, Manchester

Helen McCrory as Medea, Richard Hubert-Smith


Olivier Theatre (National Theatre)

John Weaver as Him and Julie Burrow as Her, Grant Archer, Act iii


Pull Your Finger Out Productions at 24:7 Theatre Festival, New Century House, Manchester

Danny Ryder as Toby, Eve Burley as Jess and Karl Greenwood as Xav, Grant Archer, Act iii


24:7 Theatre Festival, New Century House, Manchester

Olivia Sweeney as Sarah and Amy Drake as Rose, Grant Archer, Act iii

In My Bed

24:7 Theatre Festival, New Century House, 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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