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.
AMERICAN IDIOT - Arts Theatre. Musical built on songs of Green Day. To September 25
BABES IN ARMS - Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre. Classic Rodgers-Hart musical. To August 7
BOYS WILL BE BOYS - Bush Hall. Women trying to succeed in a man's world. To July 30
BUGSY MALONE - Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Mock gangster musical with child characters and cast. To September 4
CARGO - Arcola Theatre. People trafficking. To August 6
EXPOSURE - St James Theatre. Musical of photographer's adventures. To August 29
FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS - Orange Tree Theatre. Terrence Rattigan comedy. To July 30
FURY - Soho Theatre. Modern adaptation of Medea. To July 30
IN THE HEIGHTS - King's Cross Theatre. Musical set in a New York Hispanic neighbourhood. To October 30
INTO THE WOODS - Menier Chocolate Factory. Sondheim musical built on fairy tales. To September 17
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Open Air Theatre. Webber, Rice and the Bible. To August 27
THE KREUTZER SONATA - Arcola Theatre. Monologue of jealous husband. To July 23
THE MASKS OF APHRA BEHN - So and So Arts Club. Seventeenth century writer and spy. To July 29
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Brockley Jack Theatre. Shakespeare. To July 23
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - St Paul's Covent Garden. Shakespeare outdoors. To July 22
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - King's Cross Theatre. Family classic, featuring real train. To January 8
SAVAGE - Arts Theatre. Story of Nazi doctor. To July 23
SCREWED - Theatre 503. Comedy of dysfunctional friendship. To July 23
SHANGRI-LA - Finborough Theatre. Trying to combine tourism with respect for tradition. To August 6
SOME GIRL(S) -Park Theatre. Guy revisits old girlfriends. To August 8
STALKING THE BOGEYMAN - Southwark Playhouse. Taking vengeance on a child abuser. To August 6
THE STRIPPER - St James Theatre. Musical comedy-mystery. To August 13
THROUGH THE MILL - Southwark Playhouse. Judy Garland story. To July 30
TITANIC - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical about doomed ship. To August 13
THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA - Park Theatre. Antiwar activist meets Vietnam vets. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To August 20
VALIANT - So and So Arts Club. War through women's eyes. To July 31
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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