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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

ALL THAT  FALL - Arts Theatre. Beckett radio play performed to blindfolded audience. To May 14
THE BACCHAE - Blue Elephant Theatre. Euripides. To May 7
BLUE ON BLUE - Tristan Bates Theatre. . Crippled war veteran and carer. To May 14
THE BRINK - Orange Tree Theatre. Teacher uncovers dangerous secrets in school. To April 30
THE BUSKERS' OPERA - Park Theatre. New satiric musical based on The Beggers' Opera. To June 4
DARKNET - Southwark Playhouse. Online dangers to privacy. To May 7
DEATHWATCH - Print Room at the Coronet. Jean Genet prison drama. To May 7
DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON - New Diorama Theatre. George Orwell and Polly Toynbee on life in poverty. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To May 21
EMILIA GALOTTI - The Space. German drama. To May 14
THE FIRST HAMLET - Cockpit Theatre. The first quarto text. To April 30
HARAM IRAN - Above The Stag Theatre. Lives of gay boys in Iran. To May 1
THE HOUSE OF IN BETWEEN - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Asia's third gender. To April 30
IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL - Charing Cross Theatre. Tennessee Williams play. To May 11
IN THE HEIGHTS - King's Cross Theatre. Musical set in a New York Hispanic neighbourhood. To October 30
LUCKY STIFF - Drayton Arms Theatre. Musical murder mystery. To May 14

1972:THE FUTURE OF SEX - Shoreditch Town Hall. Growing up in the 1970s. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To April 27
OUT OF THIS WORLD - Ye Olde Rose and Crown. Cole Porter musical. To April 30

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - King's Cross Theatre. Family classic, featuring real train. To October 30
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW - Above The Arts Theatre.  Shakespeare. To May 1
THE TRUTH - Menier Chocolate Factory. Farce about the one man in a complex of adulteries who doesn't know what's going on. To May 7
THE TOXIC AVENGER - Southwark Playhouse. Musical of low-budget horror movie. To May 21
WENDY HOOSE - Soho Theatre  Searching for romance and sex online. To May 7

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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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