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London's Off-West End and Fringe, like New York's Off-Broadway and Off Off-Broadway, ranges from established theatres that just happen to be in different parts of town from the West End, to dozens 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).

Be aware that all plans depend on the removal of government restrictions and the health of casts, and are subject to last-minute changes.

CHASING HARES - Young Vic Theatre. Bengali play. To August 13

CLOSER - Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Tangled affairs of two couples. To August 13

THE DARKEST PART OF THE NIGHT - Kiln Theatre. Growing up black in Britain. To August 13

FREUD'S LAST SESSION - King's Head Theatre.Freud and C S Lewis debate religion  To August 13

HEATHERS - The Other Palace. Teen musical. To September 4

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Shakespeare's Globe. Benedick and Beatrice set in 1945. In rep to October 23

STRAIGHT AND NARROW - Above The Stag Theatre. Gay comedy. To August 28

THE SOUTHBURY CHILD - Bridge Theatre. Comedy of church politics. To August 27

TASTING NOTES - Southwark Playhouse. Musical set in a wine bar. To August 27

Sightseeing Pass

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. Shakespeare and other plays in replica theatre. May- October. (2022 season: Hamlet, Henry VIII, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, Tempest)

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