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.
ABOUT MISS JULIE - King's Head Theatre. Strindberg adaptation. To July 26
THE ANORAK - Hope Theatre. Solo show about mass murderer. To July 26
BEYOND CARING - The Yard. Workplace drama. To July 26
THE BOSS OF IT ALL - Soho Theatre. Adaptation of film satire of business. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To July 27
A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY - Southwark Playhouse. Tony Kushner drama. To August 16
THE CHERRY ORCHARD - Brockley Jack Theatre. Chekhov. To August 2
THE COLBY SISTERS OF PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA - Tricycle Theatre. Rich and beautiful women face tragedy. To July 26
THE EVENTS - Young Vic Theatre. Aftermath of a mass killing. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To August 2.
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY - Menier Chocolate Factory. Parodies of showtunes. To August 30.
THE GLASS SUPPER - Hampstead Theatre. Romance interrupted. To July 26.
GHOST STORIES - Arts Theatre. Scary tales. To August 17
A HANDFUL OF STARS - Trafalgar Studio Two. Irish drama. To July 25
IN LAMBETH - Southwark Playhouse. Imagined meeting of Tom Paine and William Blake. To August 2
INTIMATE APPAREL - Park Theatre. Attempt to begin a business. To July 27
INVINCIBLE - St James Theatre. Culture-clash comedy as London couple moves north. To August 9
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Lion and Unicorn Theatre. Shakespeare. To August 23
THE NIGHTMARES OF CARLOS FUENTES - Arcola Theatre. Black comedy of Iraqi in London. To August 16
PACIFIC OVERTURES - Union Theatre. Sondheim musical about Japan. To August 2
PERSEVERANCE DRIVE - Bush Theatre. Small-mindedness in a religious family. To August 16
RICHARD II - St Leonard's Church Shoreditch. Shakespeare in church. To July 28
RICHARD III - St Paul's Covent Garden. Shakespeare in churchyard. To July 25
SHUTTERS - Park Theatre. Three short plays with all-female casts. To August 3
THE TEMPEST - Cockpit Theatre. Shakespeare. To August 3
THIS WAS A MAN - Finborough Theatre. Early Noel Coward drama of adultery. To August 2
WHISTLEBLOWER - Waterloo East Theatre. Drama about secret-spiller Edward Snowden. To August 3
WONDERLAND - Hampstead Theatre. Drama of the miners' strike of 1984. To July 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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