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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. 

CHICKEN SHOP - Park Theatre. Dark coming-of-age story. To September 28
DOGFIGHT - Southwark Playhouse. Musical of  boys going off to war. To  September 13
THE DREAMING - Union Theatre. Musical based on A Midsummer Night's Dream. To September 27
EPSTEIN - Leicester Square Theatre. The Beatles' first manager. To September 6

LA TRAVIATA - Soho Theatre. Small-scale opera. To September 14
PICNIC  and EASTERN EUROPEAN FOR DUMMIES - Rosemary Branch Theatre. Double bill. To September 19
TOAST - Park Theatre. Richard Bean play about  life in a bread bakery. To September 21

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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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