OFF WEST END
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).
Here are some of the more interesting and longer-running things beyond the West End this month.
AS YOU LIKE IT - Shakespeare's Globe. In rep to August 28
BEIRUT - Park Theatre. Love in a time of plague. To July 7
BLUEBERRY TOAST - Soho Theatre. Family secrets. To June 30
BRIEF ENCOUNTER - Empire Cinema Haymarket. Kneehigh Theatre's stage version of classic film. To September 2
THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW - Arcola Theatre. D. H. Lawrence drama. To June 23
THE END OF HISTORY - Soho Theatre. Site-specific outdoor show. To June 23
FATHERLAND - Lyric Hammersmith. Feelings about having a father and being a father. To June 23
FUN HOUSE - Young Vic Theatre. Tony-winning musical. To September 1
THE GRONHOLM METHOD - Menier Chocolate Factory. Mind games played on job candidates. To July 7
HAMLET - Shakespeare's Globe. Michelle Terry as the prince. In rep to August 28
INFINITE JOY - Southwark Playhouse. First encounter of isolated group with modern world. To July 14
INTO THE WOODS - Cockpit Theatre. Sondheim fairy tale musical. To June 24
LEAVE TAKING - Bush Theatre. Comedy-drama of Jamaican family in Britain. To June 30
LONELY PLANET - Trafalgar Studio 2. Early days of the AIDS epidemic. To July 7
MISANTHROPE - Camden People's Theatre. Moliere updated. To July 7
MONOGAMY - Park Theatre. Comedy of TV chef. To July 7
NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE YOU - Bunker Theatre. Surviving uncertainty. To July 6
THE RINK - Southwark Playhouse. Kander-Ebb musical about mothers, daughters and a skating rink. To June 23
RUTHLESS - Arts Theatre. Musical spoof thriller. To June 23
SAN DOMINO - Tristan Bates Theatre. Musical about gay prisoners. To June 30
SHEBEEN - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Caribbean community in 1950s Britain. To July 7
STEPPING OUT - Jack Studio. Comedy of neighborhood dance class. To July 7
STICKY - Southwark Playhouse. Failings of school system. To July 14
THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN - Shakespeare's Globe. In rep to June 30
THE UNBUILT CITY - King's Head Theatre. Uncovering the past. To June 30
THE WINTER'S TALE - Shakespeare's Globe. In rep to October 14
And 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
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