Philip's Top 5

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

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Stephen McCole, Anne Lacey, Hannah Donaldson, Leslie Black

Happy Hour

Oran Mor, Sherman Cymru, Tobacco Factory at Sherman Cymru

Flare Path

The Original Theatre Company at Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Imogen Sage, Steve Tanner


Kneehigh Theatre Company at Sheffield Lyceum

Akaash Odedra in Murmur, Mark Eve

Murmur 2.0

Aakash Odedra Company at The Place, Robin Howard Dance Theatre



Manchester Shakespeare Company at Three Minute Theatre

Liam McKenna and Catherine Kanter, Gabriela Restelli

Flowering Cherry

Troupe in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre at Finborough Theatre

Macy Nyman as Sophie and John Seaward as The BFG, Ian Tilton


Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Ryan McMyler,


Vertigo Theatre Productions at King's Arms Salford

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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