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.
AH WILDERNESS - London Theatre Workshop. O'Neill comedy of adolescence. To April 19
BANKSY: THE ROOM IN THE ELEPHANT - Arcola Theatre. Adventure of the mysterious grafitti artist. To April 26
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME - Union Theatre. Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about footballers in Northern Ireland. To May 3
BOMBER'S MOON - Park Theatre. War veterans in old age. To May 11
DOUBLE BILL - White Bear Theatre. Two plays by James McAnespy. To April 24
ELDORADO - Arcola Theatre. Dangers of the drive for success. To May 3
FATHER NANDRU AND THE WOLVES - Wilton's Music Hall. Romanian tale. To April 18
FINIAN'S RAINBOW - Charing Cross Theatre. 1947 musical - Irishman and leprechaun in the American South. To May 10
GHOST STORIES - Arts Theatre. Scary tales. To August 17
GRIMM TALES FOR YOUNG AND OLD - Shoreditch Town Hall. Philip Pullman stories. To April 24
HOPELESSLY DEVOTED - Tricycle Theatre. Prisoner given the opportunity to express herself in songs. To April 19
I FOUND MY HORN - Trafalgar Studios. Midlife crisis leads man to take up French horn. Reviewed in an earlier run. To May 3
IN THE VALE OF HEALTH - Hampstead Theatre. Three related plays by David Hare. To May 17
KINGSTON 14 - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Roy Williams play set in Jamaica. To April 26
LA MERDA - Soho Theatre. Italian woman's political and sexual rant. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To May 4
MURDERER - Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Murder buff tries one on his own. To April 20
NEVER TRY THIS AT HOME - Soho Theatre. Reunion of children's TV presenters goes sour. To April 27
THE NINE O'CLOCK SLOT - Red Gallery. Burying the poor. To April 19
THE NOTORIOUS MRS. EBBSMITH - Jermyn Street Theatre. Pinero drama. To May 3
OCCUPIED - Theatre 503. Dark comedy about immigrants trying to be English. To April 26
ORPHEUS - Battersea Arts Centre. Jazz musical. To May 17
ORTON - Above The Stag Theatre. Musical about Joe Orton. To May 4
RICHARD III - Rose Bankside. Shakespeare in recreation of Elizabethan theatre. To April 26
THÉRÈSE RAQUIN - Finborough Theatre. Chamber opera based on Zola novel. To April 19
THREE SISTERS - Southwark Playhouse. Modern adaptation of Chekhov. To May 3
TWO INTO ONE - Menier Chocolate Factory. Ray Cooney farce about the difficult logistics of adultery. To April 26
USHERS - Charing Cross Theatre. Backstage musical. To April 19
WOMEN OF TWILIGHT - Pleasance Theatre. Unwed mothers in the 1950s. To April 27
WUTHERING HEIGHTS - Rosemary Branch Theatre. Bronte. To April 27
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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