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.
AFTER THREE SISTERS - Jack Studio. What happens if they get to Moscow? To November 5
THE AUTUMN GARDEN - Jermyn Street Theatre. Lillian Hellman drama. To October 29
BLUE HEART - Orange Tree Theatre. Caryl Churchill double bill. To November 19
THE BOOK CLUB - King's Head Theatre. Books come alive. To November 5
THE BOYS IN THE BAND - Park Theatre. Gay drama classic. To October 29
CONFESSIONAL - Southwark Playhouse. Tennessee Williams alternate version of Small Craft Warnings. To October 29
DINNER AT THE TWITS - Vaults. Roald Dahl's comic couple and an actual meal. To October 30
DRIVING MISS DAISY - Canal Cafe Theatre. Southern woman and her driver. To November 5
5 GUYS CHILLIN' - King's Head Theatre. Verbatim drama of gay scene. To November 5
FOOL FOR LOVE - Found 111. Sam Shepard play of battling lovers. To December 17
GIRLS - Soho Theatre. African girls kidnapped. To October 29
HENRY IV - Donmar at King's Cross. Return of all-female production from 2014. To December 17.
THE HOTEL CERISE - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Adaptation of The Cherry Orchard. To November 12
HOWL - Rosemary Branch Theatre. Immersive ghost story. To October 31
IN THE HEIGHTS - King's Cross Theatre. Musical set in a New York Hispanic neighbourhood. To January 8
THE ISLAND NATION - Arcola Theatre. Sri Lanka civil war. To November 19
JULIUS CAESAR - Donmar at King's Cross. Return of all-female production from 2012. To December 17
THE LAST FIVE YEARS - St James Theatre. Musical tracing doomed love affair. To November 26
LAZARUS - King's Cross Theatre. Musical of The Man Who Fell To Earth. To January 22
LOVE ME TO DEATH - St Savior's Church. Modern Romeo and Juliet. To November 19
A MAN OF GOOD HOPE - Young Vic Theatre. African's epic journey. To November 12
MOBY DICK - Southwark Playhouse. A musical supposedly by schoolgirls. To November 11
THE MOUNTAINTOP - Young Vic Theatre. Martin Luther King on the eve of his assassination. To October 29
MUSICAL OF THE YEAR - Lost Theatre. Pastiche of classic musical styles. To October 29
THE NEST - Young Vic Theatre. Drama of parenthood. To November 26
PUB BRAWL HAMLET - Pack And Carriage Theatre. Shakespeare in a pub. To December 15
RAGTIME - Charing Cross Theatre. Epic musical set in early 20th century. To December 10
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - King's Cross Theatre. Family classic, featuring real train. To January 8
SHOPPING AND FUCKING - Lyric Hammersmith. Satire on consumerism. To November 19
THE SLAVE - Tristan Bates Theatre. Drama of black America in the 1960s. To October 29
THE TEMPEST - Donmar at King's Cross. All-female production. To December 17
THIS LITTLE LIFE OF MINE - Park Theatre. Comedy of life in London today. To October 29
TOMORROW I WAS ALWAYS A LION - Arcola Theatre. Belarus Free Theatre production. To October 29
TRAVESTIES - Menier Chocolate Factory. Tom Stoppard on Joyce, Lenin and Tzara. To November 19
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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