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Philip's Top 5
Every week London editor Philip Fisher selects the top five plays in London.
The Alternative Top 5
- The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre, London)
- Beautiful—The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre)
- Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, 39 -45 Shaftesbury Avenue)
- Buyer and Cellar (Menier Chocolate Factory)
- Measure for Measure (Barbican, Silk Street Theatre)
Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at Sadler's Wells
Live Theatre at Live Theatre, Newcastle
Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath
National Theatre (Lyttelton)
1927 / Young Vic at Trafalgar Studios 1
Idle Motion at The Lowry
Purplecoat at St Luke's Church, Liverpool
West Yorkshire Playhouse / the egg, Bath / Theatr Iolo /the Mac, Belfast at Richard Burton Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Shared Experience / Nottingham Playhouse at Sherman Cymru
Young Vic Theatre
BalletBoyz at Richmond Theatre
Bill Kenwright & The Agatha Christie Theatre Company at Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Chichester Festival Theatre at Savoy Theatre
Periplum and Corn Exchange, Newbury at Shaw House, Newbury
Soho Theatre, the Lyric Theatre Belfast and Abbey Theatre Dublin at Soho Theatre
New Vic and Hull Truck Theatre at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Orange Tree Theatre
Royal Court Theatre Downstairs
Tea House Theatre
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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The Society for Theatre Research has announced the books on the shortlist for this year's prize awarded for the best book about British theatre.
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The programme for the inaugural Plymouth Fringe Festival has been announced.
Fourth annual celebration of Samuel Beckett's work
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The world’s largest music theatre library, Music Theatre International, opens a European office in London this summer and an office in Melbourne later in the year.
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A conference looking at how theatre has faired under the coalition government
Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday April 19.
Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 20 April.
Theatre productions in the north east in the week beginning Monday 20 April 2015.