Philip's Top 5
Every week London editor Philip Fisher selects the top five plays in London.
The Alternative Top 5
QDOS at Theatre Royal Newcastle
Royal Court Liverpool at Royal Court Liverpool
Hijinx Theatre / Odyssey at Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
Dodger Theatricals, David Ian/Michael Watt, Ambassador Theatre Group at Sunderland Empire
Mama Quilla Productions at Holbeck Underground Ballroom (HUB), Leeds
Royal Opera House
Vertigo Theatre Productions at King's Arms Salford
Mischief Theatre at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Phoenix Dance Theatre at Royal Opera House: Linbury Studio Theatre
Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Royal & Derngate, Northampton at Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Shakespeare’s Globe at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe
Stein-Holum Productions at Gate, Notting Hill
Gare St Lazare Players Ireland at Arcola Theatre
Watermill Theatre Company at Watermill Theatre Newbury
Opera North at The Lowry, Salford
Nicola Seed Productions at St James Theatre
James Cousins Company at The Place London
Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre, Bolton
While You Wait
BTG has partnered with Fuel Theatre on a series of podcasts called While You Wait.
- Waiting... Now by Paul Clark in collaboration with Bill Brewer
- Waiting... to be born by Lewis Gibson in collaboration with Debra Bick and Sarah Beake
- Waiting... in a hairdressers by Malika Booker in collaboration with Emily Butterworth
- Waiting... to come home by Caroline Horton in collaboration with Jennifer Wild
- Waiting... for a Cancer Diagnosis by Brian Lobel, in collaboration with Iain Perdue
- Waiting... are we? By The Company in collaboration with Jonathan Reades and Raphael Woolf
- Waiting... for a loved one to die by Rachel Mars in collaboration with Fliss Murtagh
- Waiting... for the inevitable by Toby Jones in collaboration with Peter Giese
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