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:
AN ABSOLUTE TURKEY - Courtyard Theatre. Feydeau farce. To June 22
ADDRESS UNKNOWN - Soho Theatre. Germany in the 1930s. To July 27
ADVENTURE/MISADVENTURE - Oval House Theatre. Tales of a restless traveler.To June 22
AVENUE Q - Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Puppets and people share a neighbourhood in Broadway musical. To June 30
BILLY - Southwark Playhouse. Musical of Billy Liar. To June 29
BLIND DATE - Charing Cross Theatre. Comedy that changes at each performance. To August 17
BRACKEN MOOR - Tricycle Theatre. Alexi Kaye Campbell play about coal mines, marriage and ghosts. To July 20
CASUALTIES - Park Theatre. Drama of soldiers in Afghanistan. To July 14
DANCES OF DEATH - Gate Theatre. Howard Brenton adapts Strindberg's study of a hate-filled marriage. To July 6
DISGRACED - Bush Theatre. Islamic American discovers how fragile his world is. To June 29
FIFTY WORDS - Arcola Theatre. Couple's fateful night. To July 20
HAPPY NEW - Trafalgar Studios. Drama of abandoned children. To June 29
HARD FEELINGS - Finborough Theatre. Doug Lucie play of graduates playing at life. To July 6
KNEE DEEP - Riverside Studios. Pocket circus. To June 22
PARADISE LOST - Trinity Buoy Wharf. Site-specific Milton. To June 22
RACE - Hampstead Theatre. Legal case raises racial questions. To June 29.
RESPONSIBLE OTHER - Hampstead Theatre. Family in crisis. To July 20
RUTHERFORD AND SON - St James Theatre. 1912 drama of domineering industrialist. To June 29
THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL - Park Theatre. Sheridan's comedy of gossip and lechery. To July 7
SEVEN YEAR TWITCH - Orange Tree Theatre. Confused people's lives comically confused further by confused therapists. To June 22
SHIELD - Oval House. Voyages of discovery. To June 29
SOCRATES AND HIS CLOUDS - Jermyn Street Theatre. Aristophanes-inspired comedy. To June 22
TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT - Menier Chocolate Factory. Quiet little man's life comically shaken up. To June 29
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. 2013 season: Pride and Prejudice, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Sound of Music
OPERA HOLLAND PARK Outdoor performances June-August
SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE THEATRE. Plays done in replica of Shakespeare's original theatre. 2013 season: Midsummer Night's Dream, Tempest, Macbeth, three new plays, visiting companies from South Africa, Georgia, Belarus.
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