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Top Girls - 2011 - West End


Top Girls is a wonderfully provocative study of powerful women in 80s Britain, revealing the compromises made in the quest for success, and what happens to those left behind.

Caryl Churchill’s witty and daring landmark play Top Girls received rave reviews in a sold out run in Chichester and has now transferred to the West End for a strictly limited run.

Directed by Max Stafford-Clark and with tour-de-force performances from Stella Gonet, Suranne Jones (Coronation Street), Catherine McCormack, Lucy Briers, Laura Elphinstone, Lisa Kerr and Olivia Poulet, this critically acclaimed show is not to be missed.


Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, with one interval

Trafalgar Studios (Studio 1)

(London, )


by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2019
Mad Cow Theatre opens Season 23 with Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill, based on the classic novel by Jane Austen. This madcap adaptation is full of irreverent surprises, but committed fans to the text will find the story intact, simply told through Hamill's unique, critically acclaimed lens. The play runs September 18 through October 13, 2019. Tickets are available at or by calling patron services at Mad Cow Theatre at 407-297-8788 ext. 1.
by TV News Desk - Sep 3, 2019
Variety reports that actress Martha Plimpton will star in 'Generation,' a half-hour dramedy pilot from HBO Max. 
by Review Roundups - Sep 27, 2019
A girl made of glass. Gods and murders. A serial killer's friends. And a secret in a bottle. Four stories by Caryl Churchill. Let's see what the critics had to say.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2019
Kwabena Ansah, Caelan Edie, Deborah Findlay, Louisa Harland, Toby Jones, Patrick McNamee, Tom Mothersdale, Rebekah Murrell, Sarah Niles, Leo Rait and Sule Rimi lead the world premiere of Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp., four plays written by Caryl Churchill and directed by James Macdonald. With set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Jack Knowles and sound design by Christopher Shutt.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2020
PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project), in association with Middlebury College, opens its 34th repertory season, Virtual(ly) PTP/NYC, tonight at 7:30pm. The season features four streaming plays online running through October 18.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2019
Top Girls performing at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater now through Sunday, October 13, 2019. 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2019
Nadine Garner (The Blake Mysteries) stars alongside Gig Clarke (The Code), Nicholas Denton (Wild), Paul Goddard (Pulse), Yalin Ozucelik (Othello) and Dan Spielman (Macbeth) in the Australian premiere of Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, a delicate exploration of sacrifice in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2020
WP THEATER has announced the 15 artists selected for the 2020-2022 WP Lab. The two-year residency begins now and culminates with the biennial WP Pipeline Festival.
by Julie Musbach - Sep 19, 2019
This is one Tennessee Williams woman you won't soon forget. Marisa Tomei plays Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life in the arms of a fiery suitor. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2020
Round House Theatre has announced a new lineup of plays, conversations, and education offerings for its 43rd Season, which includes digital programming for the fall and winter and a return to live productions in its Bethesda theatre in spring 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2019
American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San Francisco's premier nonprofit theater organization, announced today a partnership with Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, the small-batch ice cream brand known for its unique, innovative flavors, that will take place beginning with the season opener, Top Girls, at the Geary Theater on Thursday, September 19.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2020
PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project), in association with Middlebury College, proudly presents its 34th repertory season, Virtual(ly) PTP/NYC, featuring four streaming plays online running September 24 - October 18, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2020
The AA Arts Incubator Program of Asian Improv Arts Midwest has announced that its historic series 'Our Perspective: Asian American Plays' continues in 2020 with Fragmented, written by Karissa Murrell Myers, directed by Spencer Ryan Diedrick and assistant directed by Daniella Wheelock, Monday, November 16.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
We Happy Few entreats you to follow your heart in November 2019 with a scandalous play by 18th-century female playwright Elizabeth Inchbald, at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
The Original Theatre Company present the new Ali Milles thriller, The Croft, based on a true story and starring Gwen Taylor. The Croft will begin its UK tour at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on 22 January 2020.
by Stage Tube - Oct 2, 2019
Signature Theatre presents the regional premiere of Escaped Alone by legendary playwright Caryl Churchill (Cloud 9, Top Girls) and directed by acclaimed DC actress Holly Twyford (Signature's A Little Night Music, Sex with Strangers).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2019
Signature Theatre presents the regional premiere of Escaped Alone by legendary playwright Caryl Churchill (Cloud 9, Top Girls) and directed by acclaimed DC actress Holly Twyford (Signature's A Little Night Music, Sex with Strangers).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2020
The Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance presents the Fall 2020 season virtually. All performances will be available via an online platform. Registration is required and each performance is limited to 300 attendees. Registration closes two hours before the scheduled performance time. 
by Keith Waits - Oct 16, 2019
Caryl Churchill's 1982 play Top Girls has so much to say about women that it is staggering to realize that it is no less relevant thirty-seven years later. However it speaks to today, it does so from within an elliptical, non-linear narrative structure emblematic of the time of its creation.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2020
PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project), in association with Middlebury College, continues its 34th repertory season, Virtual(ly) PTP/NYC, with tonight's premiere of Caryl Churchill's Far Away at 7:30pm EDT on PTP/NYC's YouTube channel.
by Tim Sullivan - Oct 1, 2019
With exceptional direction, a brilliant and moving cast, and a script that is painfully relevant, this Top Girls is top-notch.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
Aurora Theatre Company continues its dynamic 28th season with the Bay Area Premiere of Bryna Turner's BULL IN A CHINA SHOP. Newly appointed Associate Artistic Director Dawn Monique Williams will direct this romantic comedy about bravery and revolution at the height of the women's suffrage movement.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
With her two self-penned plays, Rosalind Blessed returns to the stage with a family affair as she performs alongside her mother, Hildegard Neil, with her father, Brian Blessed, as executive producer. Shedding light on what we often keep hidden from the world, The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People and Lullabies for the Lost will be performed in rep throughout January at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2019
Drew Cain and Simon Roberts play David / Alec and Tom / Patrick respectively in The Original Theatre Company's new thriller, The Croft by Ali Milles. They join the previously announced Gwen Taylor as Enid, Caroline Harker as Suzanne / Ruth and Lucy Doyle as Laura / Eilene. The UK tour begins at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on 22 January 2020.
by Tim Sullivan - Nov 12, 2019
It may be an unfamiliar sport to most American audiences, but in Kate Attwell's ambitious new play Testmatch, cricket becomes a prism in which she explores the lasting legacy of British colonialism in the Commonwealth countries that regularly compete against their former rulers. Attempting to lob questions of race, gender, sexuality, and class across the centuries, it ultimately misses the wicket.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2019
Polly Findlay will direct Roger Allam and Colin Morgan in Caryl Churchill's play A Number at the Bridge Theatre. Previews begin on 14 February 2020 with the opening night on 19 February and final performance on 14 March 2020. Booking opens today to Bridge Priority members; public booking opens at 10am on 22 November 2019.
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2020
YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA introduces the 2020 Class of scenic, costume, lighting, sound, and projection designers, who matriculated this week. A showcase of these artists' work will be held in New York when conditions allow. More information will be shared online at when possible.
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2020
The full original Off-Broadway cast of Jonathan Spector's play Eureka Day will reunite for a one-night only online charity reading, benefitting Colt Coeur and No Kid Hungry. Colt Coeur Founding Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt returns to direct the event, streaming Friday, May 22 at 8pm on
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2020
Clubbed Thumb has announced the complete line-up for the 25th annual SUMMERWORKS, its festival of new plays. SUMMERWORKS will run May 15 - July 1, 2020 at The Wild Project (195 E. 3rd Street) in Manhattan and will feature productions of three new plays: SPINDLE SHUTTLE NEEDLE by Gab Reisman and directed by Tamilla Woodard; BODIES THEY RITUAL by Angela Hanks and directed by Knud Adams; and THE WOMAN'S PARTY by Rinne Groff and directed by Tara Ahmadinijad.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2020
All My Sons tells the story of Joe Keller, a successful, middle-aged, self-made man who has done a terrible and tragic thing. He framed his business partner for a crime and engineered his own exoneration. Now, his son is about to marry the partner's daughter, the affair is revisited, and his lie of a life is unraveled. In All My Sons, Arthur Miller creates a post-war American family in a tragic downfall of lies, greed, love, and loss, and demands its audience examine their own social responsibilities to all the sons and daughters of American wars.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2020
Theatre Pro Rata's 2020-21 season will include three productions, written by women, directed by women, and featuring a predominantly female cast and crew, as part of The Jubilee, a national theater festival to produce plays written by traditionally excluded voices. More information about the initiative can be found at
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Jul 6, 2020
Today's episode features stage and screen star Marisa Tomei, who talks about her latest project- The King of Staten Island. Listen along as she explains how she became involved with the project, how her improv background helped her on set with director Judd Apatow, and more. Plus, she reminisces about her Broadway return last year in The Rose Tattoo: 'We read it aloud for Williamstown,' she said. 'It's just so heavy on the page, and so vibrant and nuanced. And it speaks so specifically to what women feel inside.'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2020
Cate Blanchett has jokingly suggested some interesting methods of safety to move forward with theatrical productions amidst the health crisis.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2020
Mad Cow Theatre has announced their virtual play reading series! This summer, they will be producing two full-length readings and corresponding Drama Club events via a virtual livestream. Both readings are free to the public with a $5 suggested donation, but patrons will need to reserve a spot to receive an access link.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2020
With her two self-penned plays, Rosalind Blessed returns to the stage with a family affair as she performs alongside her mother, Hildegard Neil, with her father, Brian Blessed, as executive producer. Shedding light on what we often keep hidden from the world, The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People and Lullabies for the Lost will be performed in rep throughout January at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2020
Sheffield Theatres today announce the full cast for Robert Hastie's new production of Coriolanus. The production follows his critically acclaimed productions of Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Joining previously announced cast member Tom Bateman are Hermon Berhane, Mudassar Dar, Stella Gonet, Esther McAuley, Remmie Milner, Theo Ogundipe, Louis J Rhone, Eddie-Joe Robinson, Kate Rutter, Malcolm Sinclair, Katy Stephens, Ben Wiggins and Alex Young. The company is completed by members of Sheffield People's Theatre, Sheffield Theatres' intergenerational theatre company.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2020
Casting details have been announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) 2020 Summer production of The Winter's Tale, which plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 28 March 2020. Directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, the production will be cross-cast with The Comedy of Errors (from 25 April 2020) and Pericles (from 15 August 2020). All three plays are sponsored by Darwin Escapes.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2020
3Girls Theatre Company returns to Z Below for its 8th New Works Festival, the first since company Founder and Executive Artistic Director AJ Baker brought her 3-decade long private law practice to a close in order to dedicate her time and energy to the company exclusively. 'My specialty as a lawyer has been employment law, often revolving around high-stakes contracts and payouts. I've seen firsthand how unless you take action to stop it, history has a way of repeating itself. So, 'flipping the script' is an important tool to understanding our world, which is why this year's theme is 'Hindsight is 2020.' I'm thrilled that close to a decade after starting the organization I've arrived at the place where I can dedicate myself to it full time.'
by Marina Kennedy - Jan 11, 2020
Two River Theater is now presenting William Shakespeare's romantic comedy 'Twelfth Night' directed by Sara Holdren with original songs composed by the band/theater collective, The Lobbyists. Performances will be in Two River's Rechnitz Theater through Sunday, February 2. had the pleasure of interviewing Hannah Rose Caton who plays Viola in the show.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2020
Casting has today been announced for a new play by award-winning playwright Chloë Moss. RUN SISTER RUN, a co-production between Paines Plough, Sheffield Theatres and Soho Theatre, explores the lives of two sisters and the different directions life takes them in as they desperately hold onto their unbreakable bond.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2020
The Belmont Theater District (BTD), Chicago's largest theater district located in the Lakeview West and Lakeview East neighborhoods, will partner with the League of Chicago Theatres and ChooseChicago for the eighth annual Chicago Theatre Week, February 13 - 23. Tickets to a variety of shows are only $15 and $30 for this week only.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2020
Company Founder & Executive Artistic Director AJ Baker who recently brought her successful 3-decade long career as founder and partner of her own law firm to a close in order to dedicate herself to the company and its projects full time has asked a broad array (see what we did there?) of Bay Area women writers, performers and theatre-makers to reimagine history 'knowing what we know now' at the 9-day Festival; highlights include Mother Lear; an evening dedicated to the theme of 'Hindsight is 2020' and 'flipping the script' that includes a short play & tip of the hat to Caryl Churchill's Top Girls called Bottoms Up!; an evening of LezWritesBTQ performances, and the staged readings of the two Salon Series finalist's plays competing for the Festival Prize: Swimming with Puppies by Susan Jackson and Meth by Elizabeth Flanagan
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2019
Remy Bumppo Theatre Company has announced the cast for the second show of its 2019-2020 season, TOP GIRLS, playing January 16 - February 22, 2020 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2019
Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Variety says, 'Off-the canyon-walls funny. Paddle or portage your own boat to the theatre - but get there!'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2019
Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) presents William Shakespeare's Timon of Athens, a co-production with Shakespeare Theatre Company in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Director Simon Godwin (Measure for Measure) returns to TFANA with a reimagining of his vibrant staging of Timon of Athens, which premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2018 - the first time the play had been staged with a female lead.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
Casting is set for Studio Theatre's production of Pipeline, playwright Dominique Morisseau's searing drama about the school-to-prison pipeline and a mother desperately trying to keep her son from becoming ensnared in it. The production runs January 15-February 16, 2020 and is directed by Awoye Timpo. Starring are DC theatre favorite Justin Weaks (Studio's Curve of Departure) as high school student Omari and Andrea Harris Smith making her Studio debut as his mother, public school teacher Nya. In its recent People Issue, Washington City Paper's called Weaks a 'standout,' going on to say: 'D.C. theater audiences love Justin Weaks. ...Weaks came to D.C. for a job about four years ago, not expecting to stay. But he kept getting cast in shows, and lucky for local theatergoers, he's still here.'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
WP Theater, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty and Managing Director Michael Sag, has announced that the world premiere of playwright and performer Donnetta Lavinia Grays' Where We Stand, co-presented by WP Theater and Baltimore Center Stage, will star Grays [Men on Boats, In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)], who will alternate select performances with David Ryan Smith (One Man, Two Guvnors; Passing Strange) beginning February 15. Directed by Tamilla Woodard (Hadestown Broadway associate director), previews begin Off-Broadway on Friday, January 31 at WP Theater with an opening night of February 11, 2020. The limited engagement at WP Theater will run through March 1, 2020 before playing Baltimore Center Stage April 2-26.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2020
As theaters continue to struggle amidst the health crisis, many are wondering when, and where, they can catch a live performance. Theaters in the St. Louis area are planning their re-openings for 2021, and even announcing tentative productions to give theatre fans hope.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2020
Red Bull Theater today announced the next event of its special benefit programming to provide an opportunity for its community of artists and theater lovers to gather in the virtual space during this unprecedented time of COVID-19: a RemarkaBull Podversation with Elizabeth Marvel.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2020
The cast of over 50 UK actors taking part in Unprecedented: Theatre from the State of Isolation has been announced.