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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).

ANIMAL FARM - Courtyard Theatre. Orwell fable. To March 13
BATTLEFIELD - Young Vic Theatre. Peter Brook-directed abridgement of the Mahabharata. To February 27
CYRANO DE BERGERAC - Southwark Playhouse. All-female production. To March 19
5 GUYS CHILLIN' - King's Head Theatre. Verbatim accounts of the gay scene. To February 27
FIREBIRD - Trafalgar Studio 2.  Vulnerable girl and older man. To March 19
FUNNY GIRL - Menier Chocolate Factory. Sheridan Smith in musical about  Fanny Brice  To March 5, then transfer
A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING - Young Vic Theatre. Staging of novel of growing up. To March 26
THE GREAT JEWISH-AMERICAN SONGBOOK -  Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Celebrating Berlin, Kern, Rodgers et al. To February 28
HARDBOILED - New Diorama Theatre. Film Noir spoof. To February 27
I LOVED LUCY - Jermyn Street Theatre. Portrait of Lucille Ball. To February 27
IN THE HEIGHTS - King's Cross Theatre. Musical set in a New York Hispanic neighbourhood. To October 30.
IN THE NIGHT TIME (BEFORE THE SUN RISES) - Gate Theatre. Parents of crying infant try to make it through the night. To February 27
JANIS JOPLIN - FULL TILT - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Portrait of the  singer.  Reviewed in Edinburgh. To March 5
JEEPERS CREEPERS - Leicester Square Theatre. Life of comic actor Marty Feldman. To February 20
THE KISSING DANCE - Ye Olde Rose And Crown. Musical adaptation of She Stoops To Conquer. To February 28
LOLITA - Duke of Hamilton Theatre. Nabokov's fable of desire. To March 6
MACBETH - Hope Theatre. Three-actor vrsion. To February 20
THE MEMORY SHOW - Drayton Arms Theatre. Musical. To February 20
THE MOTHER - Tricycle Theatre. Mental distress of a mother with an empty nest. To March 12
ORPHANS - Southwark Playhouse. Children try to survive on their own. To March 5
THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE - St James Theatre. Kindertransport child in London. To February 27
RABBIT HOLE - Hampstead Theatre. Trying to survive unbearable grief. To March 5
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - King's Cross Theatre. Family classic, featuring real train. To October 30

THE RESTORATION OF NELL GWYN - Park Theatre. Life of actress and royal mistress. To February 20
ROAD SHOW - Union Theatre. Sondheim musical. To March 5
THE ROLLING STONE - Orange Tree Theatre. Being gay in Uganda. To February 20
THIS IS NOT A DRILL - Tristan Bates Theatre. Facing an uncertain future. To February 27
A STEADY RAIN - Arcola Theatre. Domestic drama. To March 5
TRAINSPOTTING - King's Head Theatre. Edinburgh lowlifes. To February 27
WEALD - Finborough Theatre. Rural men's emotional ties to the land and the past. To February 27

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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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