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.
ANYONE CAN WHISTLE - Union Theatre. Early Sondheim musical. To March 11
THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELION SKIN - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Growing up in London. To March 11
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE - Park Theatre. Dystopian future. To March 18
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT - Jack Studio. Dostoyevski. To February 25
THE CRUCIBLE - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. Arthur Miller drama. To March 11
DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical of the Grim Reaper in love. To March 4
DIRTY GREAT LOVE STORY - Arts Theatre. Romantic comedy. To March 18
GLITTER PUNCH - King's Head Theatre. Drama of young love. To February 25
GROUNDED - Gate Theatre. Female air force pilot's story. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To March 18
HOMECOMINGS - Theatre 503. Short plays by and about ex-prisoners. To March 18
LA RONDE - The Bunker. Schnitzler's daisy chain of lovers. To March 11
THE LISTENING ROOM - Old Red Lion Theatre. Verbatim account of a crime. To March 4
LOW LEVEL PANIC - Orange Tree Theatre. Dark comedy of women and sex. To March 25
MADAME BUTTERFLY - King's Head Theatre. Small-scale opera. To March 18
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Young Vic Theatre. Shakespeare. To April 1
MY LAND'S SHORE - Ye Olde Rose and Crown. Musical. To February 26
ORBITS - Drayton Arms Theatre. Brecht and Laughton. To March 11
PITCHFORK DISNEY - Shoreditch Town Hall. Philip Ridley drama. To March 18
ROMEO AND JULIET - Theatro Technis. Set in modern club culture. To February 26
RUN THE BEAST DOWN - Finborough Theatre. Nightmare vision of urban chaos. To February 25
SCHOOL PLAY - Southwark Playhouse. Life in a London school. To February 25
SEE ME NOW - Young Vic Theatre. Sex workers' stories. To March 4
SEX WITH STRANGERS - Hampstead Theatre. Love, lust and online publishing. To March 4
SHE LOVES ME - Menier Chocolate Factory. Romantic musical. To March 4
THE SORROWS OF SATAN - Tristan Bates Theatre. Musical comedy. To March 25
SPEECH AND DEBATE - Trafalgar Studio 2. High school comedy. To April 1
THREE SISTERS - Theatro Technis Set in 1980s To February 26
TWO MAN SHOW - Soho Theatre. Two women on the nature of masculinity. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To March 4
VILLAIN - King's Head Theatre. Social worker in trouble. . To March 4
THE WHITE DEVIL - Shakespeare's Globe. Jacobean drama. To April 16
THE WILD PARTY - The Other Palace. 1920s-set musical. To April 1
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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