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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 (Also have a look at our Family Show page, listing all the Pantos and other special holiday season shows).

BARKER DOUBLE BILL - Arcola Theatre. Two by Howard Barker. To December 19
BEN HUR - Tricycle Theatre. Spoof of the epic as performed by a cast of four. To January 9
DESPERATE MEASURES - Jermyn Street Theatre. Musical of Measure For Measure. To December 20
THE DIVIDED LAING - Arcola Theatre. Play about psychologist R D Laing. To December 12
ELECTRIC - Rio Cinema. Play about hiding in a cinema. To December 12
FAUSTAFF - Cockpit Theatre. Modern female Faust. To December 6
FLOWERING CHERRY - Finborough Theatre. Robert Bolt play of small man's dreams. To December 20
IN THE HEIGHTS - King's Cross Theatre. Musical set in a New York Hispanic neighbourhood. To April 10
THE KNIGHT FROM NOWHERE and THE BELLS - Park Theatre. Salute to 19th-century actor Henry Irving and to one of his biggest successes. To December 19
LICENSED TO ILL - Camden People's Theatre. Beastie Boys musical. To December 12
MACBETH - Young Vic Theatre. To January 27
MEDEA - Gate Theatre. Modern adaptation of Greek tragedy. To December 5
PIAF - Charing Cross Theatre. Drama with music about the French singer. To January 2
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - King's Cross Theatre. Family classic, featuring real train. To April 10
THROUGH THE MILL - London Theatre Workshop. Life of Judy Garland. To December 19

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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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