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.
ACCOLADE - St James Theatre. Emlyn Williams drama of a writer leading a double life. To December 13
BLACKOUT - Hope Theatre. Alcoholics' stories. To December 6
CANA - Theatre 503. Comedy of family reconciling after a death. To November 29
THE CHERRY ORCHARD - Young Vic. Katie Mitchell directs Chekhov. To November 29
CHIMERA - Gate Theatre. Medical anomaly leads to identity crisis. To December 20
FAR AWAY - Young Vic Theatre. Caryl Churchill drama. To November 29
FIRST LOVE - Arcola Theatre. Conor Lovett in Beckett monologue. To December 13
GHOST STORIES - Arts Theatre. Trio of spooky tales
GO SEE - King's Head Theatre. Two lost souls in New York. To November 29
THE GREEN BAY TREE - Jermyn Street Theatre. 1930s comedy. To December 21
THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND - Tricycle Theatre. Drama set in 19th century New Orleans. To November 29.
HOWIE THE ROOKIE - Barbican Pit. Monologues of hard men. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To November 29
JUST LIKE THAT - Museum of Comedy. Salute to comedian Tommy Cooper. To January 24
LOADED - Jack Studio. Drama of amateur criminals. To November 29
MACBETH - Clapham Omnibus. Site-specific Shakespeare. To November 29
MAN TO MAN - Park Theatre. Woman disguises as man to survive Nazis. To November 30
THE MIKADO - Charing Cross Theatre. Gilbert and Sullivan. To January 3
PIRANHA HEIGHTS - Old Red Lion Theatre. A death reveals family secrets. To December 6
POMONA - Orange Tree Theatre. Search for a missing sister uncovers pure evil. To December 13
THE REALNESS - Hackney Downs Studios. Musical about young offender. To December 20
SAXON COURT - Southwark Playhouse. Office Christmas party goes sour. To December 13
SHELTERED - Tabard Theatre. Family take in a homeless man for Christmas. To December 6
SILENT PLANET - Finborough Theatre. Relationship of Jailer and prisoner in Soviet mental hospital. To December 20
SOLOMON AND MARION - Print Room. Drama of grieving South African mother. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To November 29
STATE RED - Hampstead Theatre. Son's return puts strain on family. To December 6
STINKFOOT - The Yard. Adaptation of Greek tragedy. To December 13
STREAMING - Pleasance Theatre. Life lived through a webcam. To November 30
SWEENEY TODD - Harrington's Pie Shop. Sondheim musical performed in a pie shop. To November 29
SYMPHONY - Soho Theatre. Trio of short plays set to music. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To December 7
WILDEFIRE - Hampstead Theatre. Lives of inner-city police officers. To November 29
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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