Philip's Top 5

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

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A Third,

A Third

Fat Git Theatre and Corrine Salisbury at Finborough Theatre

Claire Skinner (Anne) and Kenneth Cranham (Andre), Simon Annand

The Father

Theatre Royal Bath Productions at Theatre Royal Bath

Adam Samuel-Bal (Sully) and Krupa Pattani (Caneze), Tamesha and The Belgrade Theatre


Tamasha and The Belgrade Theatre at Curve Theatre, Leicester

Chloe Fontaine as Jacqueline Floriot, Michael Brydon

Madame X

Evcol Entertainment / The Okai Collier Company at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

Paapa Essiedu as Romeo & Daisy Whalley as Juliet, Craig Fuller

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Tobacco Factory Theatres at Salisbury Playhouse

Lenny Henry and Lashana Lynch in Educating Rita,

Educating Rita

Chichester Festival Theatre at Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Charo Espino, Carmen ‘La Talegoña’ Rivas and Ángel Múñoz in Flamencura, Rob Studdert


Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company at Sadler's Wells

The History Boys, Matt Martin

The History Boys

David Hutchinson and Philip Rowntree for Sell A Door Theatre Company 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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