Philip's Top 5

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

The Alternative Top 5

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Michael Strecker and Tsai Chin Yu in Ahnen, Bo Lahola


Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at Sadler's Wells

Will Close as Phil Sylocate, Bernhard Mueller


1927 / Young Vic at Trafalgar Studios 1

Little Sure Shot, Farrows Creative

Little Sure Shot

West Yorkshire Playhouse / the egg, Bath / Theatr Iolo /the Mac, Belfast at Richard Burton Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Mermaid, Robert Day


Shared Experience / Nottingham Playhouse at Sherman Cymru

Imelda Staunton, Johan Persson


Chichester Festival Theatre at Savoy Theatre

451, raysto images Ray Gibson


Periplum and Corn Exchange, Newbury at Shaw House, Newbury

Brian Doherty and Shaun Dingwall, Ros Kavanagh

Death of a Comedian

Soho Theatre, the Lyric Theatre Belfast and Abbey Theatre Dublin at Soho Theatre

Anna Kirke (Mrs Wilberforce) and Andrew Polland (Professor Marcus), Andrew Billington

The Ladykillers

New Vic and Hull Truck Theatre at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

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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