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.
ALL OR NOTHING - The Vaults. Musical built on songs of the Small Faces. To August 27
ALLEGRO - Southwark Playhouse Rarely done Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. To September 10
AMERICAN IDIOT - Arts Theatre. Musical built on songs of Green Day. To September 25
BUGSY MALONE - Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Mock gangster musical with child characters and cast. To September 4
THE BURNT PART BOYS - Park Theatre. Musical about coal miners. To September 3
CHILDREN OF EDEN - Union Theatre. Bible-based musical. To September 10
EXPOSURE - St James Theatre. Musical of photographer's adventures. To August 29
IN THE HEIGHTS - King's Cross Theatre. Musical set in a New York Hispanic neighbourhood. To October 30
INTO THE WOODS - Menier Chocolate Factory. Sondheim musical built on fairy tales. To September 17
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Open Air Theatre. Webber, Rice and the Bible. To August 27
THE LAST TYCOON - Arts Theatre. F Scott Fitzgerald story of Hollywood. To September 10
THE PAST IS A TATTOOED SAILOR - Old Red Lion Theatre. Memories and the present blend. To August 28
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - King's Cross Theatre. Family classic, featuring real train. To January 8
REVOLT, SHE SAID, REVOLT AGAIN - Shoreditch Town Hall. Radical feminists. To September 17
SPITTING IMAGE - King's Head Theatre. 1960s gay play. To August 27
STEEL MAGNOLIAS - Hope Theatre. Southern women bonding. To September 3
TREASURE ISLAND - St Paul's Covent Garden. Outdoor promenade production. To August 28
YERMA - Young Vic Theatre. Spanish drama of barren woman. To September 24
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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