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.
ALBION - Bush Theatre. Play-with-music about racists entering mainstream politics. To October 25
THE CHERRY ORCHARD - Young Vic. Katie Mirchell directs Chekhov. To November 29
CONFIRMATION - Battersea Arts Centre. Understanding a racist. To October 25
THE CURING ROOM - Pleasance Theatre. Drama of Nazi prisoners. To November 9
DAMN YANKEES - Landor Theatre. 1950s Broadway musical about baseball and the devil. To November 8
DAS DING - New Diorama Theatre. Satire of global economy. To November 1
THE DISTANCE - Orange Tree Theatre. Friends try to cope with a shocking revelation. To November 8
DYING FOR IT - Jack Studio. Adaptation of Russian black comedy. To November 8
FOUR MINUTES TWELVE SECONDS - Hampstead Theatre. Teenager's future endangered by misused phone. To November 1
FULLY COMMITTED - Menier Chocolate Factory. Comic travails of a restaurant booking clerk. To November 15
GRAND GUIGNOL - Southwark Playhouse. Black comedy. To November 22
THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND - Tricycle Theatre. Drama set in 19th century New Orleans. To November 22.
THE HUNDRED WE ARE - The Yard Theatre. One woman at three ages. To November 8
THE HUNTERS GRIMM - The Albany. Dark fairytales on the streets of Deptford. To November 8
IAM - Kensel House. Immersive encounter with technology. To October 25
THE INFIDEL - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Musical version of irreverant film. To November 2
JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS - Charing Cross Theatre. Compilation of Brel songs. To November 22
JUST LIKE THAT! - Museum of Comedy. Salute to comedian Tommy Cooper. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To January 24
LISTEN, WE'RE FAMILY - Wilton's Music Hall. Verbatim stories from the Jewish East End. To October 25
LOVE STORY - Union Theatre. Musical based on popular 1960s book and film. To October 25
MILK MILK LEMONADE - Oval House. Gender-bending comedy. To October 25
NEXT FALL - Southwark Playhouse. Musical of gay love affair. To October 25
NOTES FROM UNDEERGROUND - Print Room. One-man version of Dostoyevsky. To November 1
THE RIVALS - Arcola Theatre. Eighteenth-century comedy. To November 15
SEMINAR - Hampstead Theatre. Drama set in a class for would-be writers. To November 1
SWEENEY TODD - Harrington's Pie Shop. Sondheim musical performed in a pie shop. To November 29
TARTUFFE - The Space. Moliere comedy. To October 23
THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE - Trafalgar Studio 2. Drama of Wilde's court cases. To November 8
UNIDENTIFIED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA - Old Red Lion Theatre. Comedy of middle-aged woman and a sex line. To November 8
THE VERTICAL HOUR - Park Theatre. David Hare play about how all politics is ultimately personal. To October 26
WARDE STREET - Park Theatre. Tragedy sends man back to his roots. To October 26
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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