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.
A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY - Southwark Playhouse. Tony Kushner drama. To August 16
THE CHERRY ORCHARD - Brockley Jack Theatre. Chekhov. To August 2
DOGFIGHT - Southwark Playhouse. Musical of boys going off to war. August 8 - September 13
THE DUCHESS OF MALFI - New Diorama Theatre. Jacobean tragedy. To August 23
EPSTEIN - Leicester Square Theatre. The Beatles' first manager. To September 6
THE EVENTS - Young Vic Theatre. Aftermath of a mass killing. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To August 2.
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY - Menier Chocolate Factory. Parodies of showtunes. To August 30.
GHOST STORIES - Arts Theatre. Scary tales. To August 17
GRIM - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical romance of Cupid and Death. To August 30
IN LAMBETH - Southwark Playhouse. Imagined meeting of Tom Paine and William Blake. To August 2
INVINCIBLE - St James Theatre. Culture-clash comedy as London couple moves north. To August 9
JEZEBEL - Soho Theatre. Comedy of couple trying to spice up their sex life. August 12-31.
LA TRAVIATA - Soho Theatre. Small-scale opera. To September 14
THE LONG ROAD SOUTH - Hope Theatre. American drama set in the 1960s. To August 31.
MARRY ME A LITTLE - St James Theatre. Sondheim compilation. To August 10
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Lion and Unicorn Theatre. Shakespeare. To August 23
THE NIGHTMARES OF CARLOS FUENTES - Arcola Theatre. Black comedy of Iraqi in London. To August 16
PACIFIC OVERTURES - Union Theatre. Sondheim musical about Japan. To August 2
PERSEVERANCE DRIVE - Bush Theatre. Small-mindedness in a religious family. To August 16
SHUTTERS - Park Theatre. Three short plays with all-female casts. To August 3
SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS - Union Theatre. Musical spoof travelogue of the US. August 15-30.
THE TEMPEST - Cockpit Theatre. Shakespeare. To August 3
THÉRÈSE RAQUIN - Park Theatre. Chamber opera based on Zola novel. To August 24.
THIS WAS A MAN - Finborough Theatre. Early Noel Coward drama of adultery. To August 2
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - St Paul's Covent Garden. Alice in churchyard. To August 3
WHEN YOU SAY GOODBYE - London Theatre Workshop. World War I musical. To August 23
WHISTLEBLOWER - Waterloo East Theatre. Drama about secret-spiller Edward Snowden. To August 3
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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