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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 page for Pantos and other kid-friendly shows this winter).

ANYTHING GOES - Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Classic Cole Porter musical. To January 29
BIRTHDAY SUIT - Old Red Lion Theatre. 40th birthday party. To February 4
BU 21 - Trafalgar Studio 2. Aftermath of terrorist attack. To February 18
THE CONVERT - Gate Theatre. Drama set in 1896 Rhodesia. To February 11
ESCAPED ALONE - Royal Court Theatre. Caryl Churchill play about the dark emotions below ordinary conversation. To February 11
EXPERIENCE - Hampstead Theatre. Dangers of helping others. To February 18
HOLDING THE MAN - Jack Studio. Gay drama. To February 4
IN THE DEPTHS OF DEAD LOVE - Print Room. Romantic suicide spot for rent. To February 11
THE LOWER DEPTHS - Arcola Theatre. Russian drama. To February 8
MR SWALLOW - HOUDINI - Soho Theatre. A sort of biography. To February 18

OLIVER REED - WILD THING - King's Head Theatre. Portrait of the actor. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To January 28
ONLY BONES - Soho Theatre. Mime. To February 4
PITCHFORK DISNEY - Shoreditch Town Hall. Philip Ridley drama. To March 18
PROMISES PROMISES - Southwark Playhouse. Musical of film The Apartment. To February 18
RAISING MARTHA - Park Theatre. Black comedy. To February 11
RICHARD III - Rosemary Branch Theatre. Shakespeare. To January 29
SEX WITH STRANGERS - Hampstead Theatre. Comedy. To March 4

SHE LOVES ME - Menier Chocolate Factory. Romantic musical. To March 4
STRANGERS IN BETWEEN - King's Head Theatre. Growing up gay in Australia. To February 4
THE TEMPEST - Southwark Playhouse. Shakespeare. To January 28
THREE SISTERS - Union Theatre. Chekhov adapted by Tracy Letts. To February 4
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WAY - Jermyn Street Theatre. Gay life 100 years ago. To January 28
WINTER SOLSTICE - Orange Tree Theatre. Christmas-set black comedy. To February 11
YEARS OF SUNLIGHT - Theatre 503. Drama set in a New Town. To February 18

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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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