Philip's Top 5

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

The Alternative Top 5

Edinburgh Festivals

See our Edinburgh 2014 page for news, features and reviews from this year's Edinburgh Fringe, International and Book Festivals.

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Simon Greenall (Cecil) and Matt Sutton (Peter), Ben Broomfield


Snapdragon Productions at Park Theatre

Tom Morley as Fletcher Christian, Alastair Muir


Out-of-Joint and Shakespeare's Globe at Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Henry Everett and Zoe Swenson-Graham, Scott Rylander


Savio(u)r at King's Head Theatre

Paco Peña's Patrias, Ilgin Erarslan Yanmaz


Paco Peña Flamenco Company at The Edinburgh Playhouse

Brian Capron and Kim Tiddy in Double Death,

Double Death

Talking Scarlet at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

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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Sadler's Wells inclusive =dance

This year, Sadler’s Wells launched the start of =dance, a new series featuring work created and performed by deaf and disabled artists.

Elixir Festival at Sadler's Wells

Sadler’s Wells presents its largest ever celebration of the contribution of older artists this autumn, with four days of performances, workshops, film-screenings and events.

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday 31 August 2014.

The Brontë Season on tour

Bath-based professional touring companies Butterfly Psyche Theatre and Livewire Theatre present The Brontë Season.

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 1 September.

Panto News: August 2014

As the summer holidays come to a close, Simon Sladen looks back over August's pantomime news.

Eileen Atkins to star in RSC Jacobean tragedy

Casting has been revealed for Gregory Doran’s new production in Stratford of The Witch of Edmonton, a rarely performed Jacobean domestic tragedy by Dekker, Ford and Rowley.

Grounded ready to land at Birmingham REP

American playwright George Brant’s Grounded, which “targets our assumptions about war, family and what it is to be a woman”, opens the new season in The Door at Birmingham REP.

New Potteries play gets exposure at New Vic

A play which began as a site-specific piece at the Burslem School of Art will have a wider audience when it is performed at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The Last Ship Comes Home

Sting is to perform songs from The Last Ship, his latest album and new Broadway musical of the same name, in Gateshead next year.