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.
The A-Z OF MRS. P - Southwark Playhouse. Musical about the compiler of London street maps. To March 29
DO I HEAR A WALTZ? - Park Theatre. Rodgers-Sondheim musical. To March 30
DOG DAYS - Theatre 503. Comedy of selling a house. To March 22
DON GIL OF THE GREEN BRITCHES - Arcola Theatre. Spanish golden age comedy. In rep to March 15
EACH OF US - various theatres. Ben Moor comic monologue. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To March 16
FINIAN'S RAINBOW - Union Theatre. 1947 musical - Irishman and leprechaun in the American South. To March 15
FRANKENSTEIN - Lion and Unicorn Theatre. To March 15
GHOST STORIES - Arts Theatre. Scary tales. To May 24
GRIMM TALES FOR YOUNG AND OLD - Shoreditch Town Hall. Philip Pullman stories. To April 24
THE GUT GIRLS - Jack Studio. Victorian punks. To March 29
A HARD RAIN - Above The Stag Theatre. Gay New York before Stonewall. To March 30
HERO - Leicester Square Theatre. Gypsy tale. To March 15
THE HOTEL PLAYS - Langham Hotel. Three plays by Tennessee Williams set in and performed in hotel rooms. To March 15
JANE EYRE - Rosemary Branch Theatre. Bronte novel. To March 30
KING LEAR - Cockpit. Shakespeare. To March 29
A LADY OF LITTLE SENSE - Arcola Theatre. Spanish golden age comedy. In rep to March 15
LOST BOY - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical puts Peter Pan and friends in World War I. To March 28
THE MAN INSIDE - Landor Theatre. Musical of Jekyll and Hyde. To March 29
MEDEA - Riverside Studios. Euripides. To March 22
OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Satiric musical of World War I. To March 15
THE ONE - Soho Theatre. Portrait of a battling couple. To March 30
PUNISHMENT WITHOUT REVENGE - Arcola Theatre. Lope de Vega tragedy. In rep to March 14
RACHAEL'S CAFE - Old Red Lion Theatre. Man living as woman in small town USA. To March 15
RED VELVET - Tricycle Theatre. The story of 19th century Shakespearean Ira Aldridge. To March 15
STORM IN A TEACUP - Park Theatre. Comic mime inspired by The Three Sisters. To March 16
USHERS - Charing Cross Theatre. Backstage musical. To April 19
VARIATION ON A THEME - Finborough Theatre. Terrence Rattigan drama. To March 22
VISITORS - Arcola Theatre. Rural family drama. To March 29
WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT .... - Bush Theatre. Actors attempt to depict a genocide. To April 12
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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