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.
ABSOLUTION AND BILL CLINTON HERCULES - Park Theatre. Double bill of two solo shows. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To June 11.
BECKETT IN LONDON FESTIVAL - Print Room. Plays, readings and music. See theatre site for details. To June 5
BLUE/ORANGE - Young Vic Theatre. Psychiatrists fight over a patient. To June 18
THE BUSKERS' OPERA - Park Theatre. New satiric musical based on The Beggers' Opera. To June 4
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED - Bread and Roses Theatre. Sketch show. To June 11
CUTTIN' IT - Young Vic Theatre. Play about FGM. To June 11
HANDLE WITH CARE - Urban Locker, Old Street. Site-specific play performed in storage locker. To June 25
HEELS OF GLORY - Chelsea Theatre. Drag musical. June 9-26
IN THE HEIGHTS - King's Cross Theatre. Musical set in a New York Hispanic neighbourhood. To October 30
THE INVISIBLE HAND - Tricycle Theatre. American captive in Pakistan plays the stock market to raise his own ransom. To July 2
THE JOKE - Camden People's Theatre. Play about an Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman. To June 4
LAST OF THE BOYS - Southwark Playhouse. Reunion of Vietnam vets. To June 4
LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA - Hampstead Theatre. Why the hero later tried to hide in anonymity. To June 4
MONSTER RAVING LOONY - Soho Theatre. Story of Screaming Lord Sutch, musician and spoof politician. To June 18
MY FAMILY - NOT THE SITCOM - Menier Chocolate Factory. Comic David Baddiel's memories. To June 25
THE PHILANDERER - Orange Tree Theatre. Shaw comedy. To June 25
THE QUIET HOUSE - Park Theatre. Couple starting a family. To July 9
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - King's Cross Theatre. Family classic, featuring real train. To October 30
RUNNING WILD - Open Air Theatre. Michael Murpurgo children's story. To June 12
SIDEWAYS - St James Theatre. Stage version of film about wine-tasting road trip. To July 8
STONE FACE - Finborough Theatre. Attempts to save and educate a feral child. To June 11
TAPE - Drayton Arms Theatre. Threats to privacy in an online world. To June 11
TWIST OF LEMMON - St James Theatre. Actor Jack Lemmon's son reminisces. To June 18
A VIEW FROM ISLINGTON NORTH - Arts Theatre. Satirical political revue by several writers. To July 2
VOYAGER - New Diorama Theatre. Volunteering for Mars flight. To June 11
WALLIS - Upstairs at the Gatehouse. The Duchess of Windsor. To June 26
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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