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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. 

AUTOBAHN - King's Head Theatre. To September 20
BREEDERS - St James Theatre. Comedy about new parents. To October 4
CHICKEN SHOP - Park Theatre. Dark coming-of-age story. To September 28
THE DREAMING - Union Theatre. Musical based on A Midsummer Night's Dream. To September 27

THE FLOUERS O' EDINBURGH - Finborough Theatre. Comedy of Scots trying to be more English. To September 27
FULLY COMMITTED - Menier Chocolate Factory. Comic travails of a restaurant booking clerk. To November 15
GHOST FROM A PERFECT PLACE - Arcola Theatre. Black comedy. To October 11
LADY RIZO - Soho Theatre. The jazz stylist and sex kitten in recital. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To September 20
LONG STORY SHORT - Charing Cross Theatre. Media satire. To October 11
THE ME PLAYS - Old Red Lion Theatre To September 20
MY PERFECT MIND - Young Vic Theatre. Veteran actor Edward Petherbridge on life, acting and King Lear. To September 27
OH THE HUMANITY - Tabard Theatre. Short plays by Will Eno. To September 20
OTHELLO - Drayton Arms Theatre. Shakespeare. To September 27
PICNIC  and EASTERN EUROPEAN FOR DUMMIES - Rosemary Branch Theatre. Double bill. To September 19
TOAST - Park Theatre. Richard Bean play about  life in a bread bakery. To September 21
TRUE WEST - Tricycle Theatre. Sam Shepard on brothers, cowboys and the American dream. To October 4
THE WIDOWING OF MRS HOLROYD - Orange Tree Theatre. D H Lawrence drama of miner's wife. To  October 4
WINGMAN - Soho Theatre. To September 20

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And 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 Park. 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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