Philip's Top 5

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

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Joe and the Stevedores, Johan Persson

Show Boat

Sheffield Theatres at New London Theatre

The ensemble, Topher McGrillis

Opening Skinner's Box

Improbable in a co-production with Northern Stage and West Yorkshire Playhouse at Northern Stage, Newcastle

Alexndra Burke as Rachel Marron, Paul Coltas

The Bodyguard

Michael Harrison and David Ian at Liverpool Empire

The Government Inspector

Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Ramps On The Moon at The Quarry, West Yorkshire Playhouse

David Robb and Nicholas Farrell in Single Spies, Alastair Muir

Single Spies

Chichester Festival Theatre & Birmingham Repertory at Sheffield Lyceum

Jodie Prenger as Emma, Tristram Kenton

Tell Me On A Sunday

The Watermill in association with Jamie Wilson, Gavin Kalin Productions and Paul Elliott at Palace Theatre, Manchester

Rosemary Boyle & Steven Miller in James I, Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

The James Plays

National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre of Great Britain, Edinburgh International Festival at The Lowry

Iain Johnstone, Manuel Harlan

I Am Thomas

National Theatre of Scotland, Told By An Idiot, Royal Lyceum Theatre in association with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse at Wilton's Music Hall

Will and Anne

The Manchester Shakespeare Company at Three Minute Theatre

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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