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.
AS YOU LIKE IT - Shakespeare's Globe. In rep to August 28
THE BIOGRAPH GIRL - Finborough Theatre. Musical set in silent-film Hollywood.To June 9
BLUEBERRY TOAST - Soho Theatre. Family secrets. To June 30
BRIEF ENCOUNTER - Empire Cinema Haymarket. Kneehigh Theatre's stage version of classic film. To September 2
BUILDING THE WALL - Park Theatre. Political prisoner's story. To June 2
CONFIDENCE - Southwark Playhouse. Small town teens dream of escape. To June 16
THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW - Arcola Theatre. D. H. Lawrence drama. To June 23
EFFIGIES OF WICKEDNESS! - Gate Theatre. Cabaret of songs banned by the Nazis. To June 9
THE GIFT OF THE GAB - White Bear Theatre. Comedy of inept robbers. To June 9
THE GRONHOLM METHOD - Menier Chocolate Factory.Mind games played on job candidates. To July 7
HAMLET - Shakespeare's Globe. Michelle Terry as the prince. In rep to August 28
INTO THE WOODS - Cockpit Theatre. Sondheim fairy tale musical. To June 24
LEAVE TAKING - Bush Theatre. Immigrant experience. To June 30
MAYFLY - Orange Tree Theatre. Four unhappy people help each other through a day. To May 26
THE NIGHT ALIVE - Jack Studio. Conor McPherson drama. To June 9
NIGHTFALL - Bridge Theatre. Family drifts apart as farm begins to fail. To May 26
NOT TALKING - Arcola Theatre. Dangers of avoiding issues. To June 2
PETER PAN - Open Air Theatre. To June 15
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. Musical of Australian drag queens. To May 26
RUTHLESS - Arts Theatre. Musical spoof thriller. To June 23
A SACKFUL OF CUSTARD - Pleasance Theatre. Salute to Spike Milligan. To May 26
SCHISM - Park Theatre. Architect challenged by student. To June 9
SEX W/ROBOTS AND OTHER DEVICES - King's Head Theatre. Satire. To June 2
SHIRLEYMANDER - Playground Theatre. Political scandal. To June 16
SUGAR BABY - Soho Theatre. Small-time drug dealer. To June 2
THE SWALLOW - Cervantes Theatre. Play about shooting in a gay club, performed alternately in Spanish and English. To May 26
TRAINSPOTTING - Vaults. Heroin in Edinburgh. To June 3
THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN - Shakespeare's Globe. In rep to June 30
THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER MONK - Pleasance Theatre. Actress's adventures. To June 3
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
Outdoor performances May-September.
OPERA HOLLAND PARK Outdoor performances June-August
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