OFF WEST END
London's Off-West End and Fringe, like New York's Off-Broadway and Off Off-Broadway, range from established theatres that just happen to be in different parts of town from the West End, to scores of small companies and venues, many in pubs, showcasing new talent. Some shows may be on only on weekends or have very short runs, so it is best to check with the theatres (Scroll down for links to some leading Off-West End and fringe theatres).
Here are some of the more interesting and longer-running things beyond the West End this month.
AH, WILDERNESS! - Young Vic Theatre. American small town in 1906 - Eugene O'Neill's sole comedy. To May 23
THE ANGRY BRIGADE - Bush Theatre. Police v. terrorists, seen from both sides. To June 13
AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY - Print Room. Peter Gill play about London women. To May 23
BUGSY MALONE - Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Gangster musical with child cast. To September 5
CARMEN DISRUPTION - Almeida Theatre. Ruminations on loneliness and isolation inspired by Bizet's opera. To May 23
CARRIE - Southwark Playhouse. Musical of the Steven King story. To May 30
CLOSER TO HEAVEN - Union Theatre. Pet Shop Boys musical. To May 23
COMMUNICATING DOORS - Menier Chocolate Factory. Alan Ayckbourn time-travel comedy. To June 27
CROUCH, TOUCH, PAUSE, ENGAGE - Arcola Theatre. Drama of gay rugby player. To June 20
THE FATHER - Tricycle Theatre. French play about dementia. To June 13
THE FLANNELETTES - King's Head Theatre. Drama-with-music set in a battered women's shelter. To June 6
THE HARVEST - Soho Theatre. Russian political satire. To June 20
JERRY'S GIRLS - Jermyn Street Theatre. Revue of songs by Jerry Herman. To May 31
KLIPPIES - Southwark Playhouse. Drama of South African teens. To June 6
MATCHBOX THEATRE - Hampstead Theatre. Short bits and sketches by Michael Frayn. To June 6
McQUEEN - St James Theatre. Life of designer Alexander McQueen. To June 27
THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR - Finborough Theatre. Australian drama of educated son clashing with working-class parents. To June 13
PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY - White Bear Theatre. Wilde story. To May 24
THE POINT OF NO RETURN - New Diorama Theatre. Ukranian political drama. To May 23
PRODUCT - Arcola Theatre. Mark Ravenhill on Hollywood. To May 23
SENSE OF AN ENDING - Theatre 503. Journalist's moral choices. To June 6
SHELTER ME - Theatre Delicatessen. Drama told through circus acts. To July 5
SHOCK TREATMENT - King's Head Theatre. Rocky Horror Show sequel. To June 6
here are links to some of the more established Off-West End theatres:
BITE - Barbican and Pit Theatres. The Barbican plays host to a yearlong programme of visits by theatre, dance and performance art companies, many for only 3 or 4 performances.
OPEN AIR THEATRE, Regent's
Outdoor performances May-September.
OPERA HOLLAND PARK Outdoor performances June-August
SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE THEATRE. Plays done in replica of Shakespeare's original theatre during the summer, with tours and some performances the rest of the year.
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