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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.

ALLIGATORS - Hampstead Theatre. Hidden secrets threaten happiness. To July 16
THE DOCTOR IN SPITE OF HIMSELF - Drayton Arms Theatre. Moliere in English and French on alternate nights. To July 16
FOR THOSE WHO CRY WHEN THEY HEAR THE FOXES SCREAM - Tristan Bates Theatre. Illness tests a relationship. To July 2
FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS - Orange Tree Theatre. Terrence Rattigan comedy. To July 30
HAPPY TO HELP - Park Theatre. Drama of vengeance in a supermarket. To July 9

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
LAUGHING MATTER - King's Head Theatre. Play about making a play. To July 16
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Southwark Playhouse. Shakespeare. To July 1

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - St Paul's Covent Garden. Shakespeare outdoors. To July 22
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 January 8
SIDEWAYS - St James Theatre. Stage version of film about wine-tasting road trip. To July 8
STRANGERS IN BETWEEN - King's Head Theatre. Australian gay drama. To July 16
THIS MUCH - Soho Theatre. Gay marriage. To July 2
TITANIC - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical about doomed ship. To August 6
A VIEW FROM ISLINGTON NORTH - Arts Theatre. Satirical political revue by several writers. To July 2
WILD - Hampstead Theatre. Whistle-blower on the run. To July 16

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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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