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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 health of casts, and are subject to last-minute changes.

THE BAKER'S WIFE - Menier Chocolate Factory. Musical about heartbreak and croissants. To September 14

A CHORUS LINE - Sadler's Wells Theatre. Classic dance-based musical. To August 25

ENG-ER-LAND - King's Head Theatre. Football fans. To August 10

FANGIRLS - Lyric Hammersmith. Musical. To August 24

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Open Air Theatre. Classic musical. To September 21

GRUD - Hampstead Theatre. Student romance. To August 3

MARIE CURIE - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical about the scientist. To July 28

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Leicester Square Theatre. Cast deliberately drunk. To September 7

MY FATHER'S FABLE - Bush Theatre. Family Drama. To July 27

RED SPEEDO - Orange Tree Theatre. Drugs in sport. To August 10

SHREK - Eventim Apollo. Musical based on film. To August 31

STARLIGHT EXPRESS - Troubador Theatre. Lloyd Webber on rollerskates. To June 2025

THE TRUMPETER - Finborough Theatre. Ukraine war play. To August 3

VISIT FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN - Hampstead Theatre. Author vs Nazis. To July 27

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And here are links to some of the more established Off-West End theatres:

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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.

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