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

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Grace Carter (Miranda) and Stephen Beckett (Prospero),

The Tempest

Stafford Festival Shakespeare at Stafford Castle

Andrei Costin (Hassan) and David Ahmad (Amir), Irina Chira

The Kite Runner

UK Productions / Flying Entertainment at Playhouse Theatre

The cast of Tommy, Mike Kwasniak

The Who's Tommy

A New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich production in co-production with Ramps on the Moon at The Crucible

Blondel, Scott Rylander


Union Theatre and Heartaches Limited at Union Theatre

Barely Methodical Troupe in Circusfest 2016 at the Roundhouse,


Barely Methodical Troupe at Quays Theatre, The Lowry

Danny Childs, Gary Mackay, Robert Day

Farm Boy

Mercury Theatre at Mercury Theatre

Lily Newbury Freeman as Nancy and Emma Playfair as Elma, The Other Richard


NewPlay Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre at Finborough Theatre

Thomas Mitchells (Big Bopper) Alex Fobbester (Buddy Holly) Jordan Cunningham (Ritchie Valens), Image library


Buddy Worldwide Ltd by arrangement with Maria Elena Holly at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Griffyn Gilligan, Ellie Kurttz


Bush Theatre

Tosca, Robert Workman


Grange Park Opera at Theatre in the Woods, West Horsley Place

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