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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. Also check our Family Shows page for Off-West End theatres with special holiday offerings.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: RELATIVELY SPEAKING - Southwark Playhouse. Relativity explained in comedy and music. To January 3
APARTMENT 40C -  London Theatre Workshop. New musical. To December 20
ASSASSINS - Menier Chocolate Factory. Sondheim on those who kill Presidents. To March 7

CHIMERA - Gate Theatre. Medical anomaly leads to identity crisis. To December 20

GHOST STORIES - Arts Theatre. Trio of spooky tales. To March 15.
GOLEM - Young Vic Theatre. Man's dubious relationship to machines. To January 17
THE GREEN BAY TREE - Jermyn Street Theatre. 1930s drama of a weak young man. To December 21
JUST LIKE THAT - Museum of Comedy. Salute to comedian Tommy Cooper. To January 24
THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE - Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Tudor comedy. To January 11
LETTERS FROM EVERYONE - Drayton Arms Theatre. Lonely souls meet. To December 20
THE MIKADO - Charing Cross Theatre. Gilbert and Sullivan set in the Jazz Age. To January 3
MISS HAVISHAM'S EXPECTATIONS - Trafalgar Studios. Dickens from the point of view of one character. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To January 3
NOEL COWARD'S CHRISTMAS SPIRITS - St James Theatre. Revue of Coward songs and sketches. To December 23
THE REALNESS - Hackney Downs Studios. Musical about young offender. To December 20
SILENT PLANET - Finborough Theatre. Relationship of jailer and prisoner in Soviet mental hospital. To December 20
SIRENS - Soho Theatre. Celebration of female power. To January 4
TIGER COUNTRY - Hampstead Theatre. Life in a big city hospital. To January 17
VARIETY SOUP - Leicester Square Theatre. Mix of comedy and circus acts. To December 29
VISITORS - Bush Theatre. Long-married couple cope with the approaching demetia of one. To January 10

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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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