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.
ARTHUR'S WORLD - Bush Theatre. Old man's dreams. To February 14
ASSASSINS - Menier Chocolate Factory. Sondheim on those who kill Presidents. To March 7
BAD JEWS - St James Theatre. Comedy-drama of family fight over inheritance. To February 28
BETWEEN - King's Head Theatre. Three sex-tinged encounters. To February 12
THE BOYS UPSTAIRS - Above The Stag Theatre. Comedy of gay dating scene. To February 18.
DIARY OF A NOBODY - King's Head Theatre. An Ordinary life. To February 14
THE ELEPHANT MAN - Jack Studio. Deformed Victorian man. To February 21
THE FEVER - Almeida Theatre at May Fair Hotel. Play set and performed in a hotel room. To February 7
GHOST STORIES - Arts Theatre. Trio of spooky tales. To September 2015.
GODS AND MONSTERS - Southwark Playhouse. Private life of the director of Frankenstein. To March 7
GOODBYE - Museum of Comedy. Play about Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. To February 28
HAPPY ENDING - Arcola Theatre. Musical about cancer. To March 7
HELLO/GOODBYE - Hampstead Theatre. Rom-com couple meet cute, fall in love, but then what? ToFebruary 28
THE GRAND TOUR - Finborough Theatre. 1979 Jerry Herman musical. To February 21
ISLANDS - Bush Theatre. Satire of tax havens. To February 21
THE LAST OF THE DeMULLINS - Jermyn Street Theatre. 1908 family drama. To February 28
OTHELLO - Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Shakespeare set among modern Yorkshire youths. Reviewed in 2008. To February 7
RADIANCE - Tabard Theatre. Story of Marie Curie. To February 28
RED BASTARD - Vaults. Political clowning. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To February 22
THE SEPARATION - Theatre 503. Dublin family drama. To February 21
TITLE AND DEED - Print Room. Monologue of rootless man. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To February 7
TRUTH, LIES, DIANA - Charing Cross Theatre. Exploring conspiracy theories. To February 14
UPPER CUT - Southwark Playhouse. Behind-the-scenes political dealings. To February 7
THE WASP - Hampstead Theatre. Thriller. To March 7
WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND - Union Theatre. New musical (not the Lloyd Webber one). To February 21
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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