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.
THE ARMOUR - Langham Hotel. Play set and performed in hotel room. To April 11
A BREAKFAST OF EELS - Print Room. Pains of growing up. To April 11
BUYER & CELLAR - Menier Chocolate Factory. Comedy set in Barbra Streisand's basement. To May 2
CANDIDA - Upstairs At The Gatehouse. Shaw romantic triangle comedy. To April 19
CHARLIE'S DARK ANGEL - Drayton Arms Theatre. Black comedy. To April 11
CREDITORS - Jack Studio. Strindberg drama. To April 11
THE CUTTING OF THE CLOTH - Southwark Playhouse. Life on Savile Row. To April 4
DEAD SHEEP - Park Theatre. Political Satire. To May 9
DEPOSIT - Hampstead Theatre. Misadventures in the property market. To April 11
DORIAN GRAY - King's Head Theatre. Immersive musical based on Wilde novel. To April 12
THE FATHER - Trafalgar Studio 2. Strindberg portrait of hate-fuelled marriage. To April 11
PLAY MAS - Orange Tree Theatre. Satiric comedy set in Trinidad carnival. To April 11
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - Rosemary Branch Theatre. Jane Austen dramatised. To April 4
PRINCESS IDA - Finborough Theatre. Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. To April 18
RADIANT VERMIN - Soho Theatre. Comedy of the housing crisis. To April 12
THE ROYALE - Bush Theatre. Boxing drama. To April 18
SPEND SPEND SPEND - Union Theatre. Musical about couple who burn their way through contest winnings in record time. To April 18
STEVIE - Hampstead Theatre. Portrait of poet Stevie Smith. To April 18
THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD - Southwark Playhouse. Argentine political drama. To April 11
THE THREE LIONS - St James Theatre. Comedy of British lobbying to host the world cup. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To May 2
TRAINSPOTTING - King's Head Theatre. Life among Edinburgh druggies. To April 11
THE TULIP TREE - Drayton Arms Theatre. Love story of politician Enoch Powell. To April 25
VERNON GOD LITTLE - The Space. Adaptation of novel of Texas lad's misadventures. To April 11
WINK - Theatre 503. Lives connected by internet. To April 4
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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