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.
ALL OR NOTHING - Arts Theatre. Musical built on Small Faces songs. To March 11
BARNUM - Menier Chocolate Factory. Musical about the 19th-century American showman. To March 3
THE B*EASTS - Bush Theatre. Aftermath of a child's sexualisation. To March 3
BOOBY'S BAY - Finborough Theatre. Cornwall-set drama. To February 24
CATHERINE AND ANITA - King's Head Theatre. Misfits' friendship. To February 24
DRY POWDER - Hampstead Theatre. High finance and corporate takeovers. To March 3
DUST - Soho Theatre. Aftermath of suicide. To March 17
FRANKENSTEIN - The Space. Female version. To March 10
HAROLD AND MAUDE - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical of May-December romance. To Match 31
JULIUS CAESAR - Bridge Theatre. Promenade production, with audience playing the Romans. To April 15
KEN - The Bunker. Salute to theatrical maverick Ken Campbell. To February 24
MAD AS HELL - Jermyn Street Theatre. Portrait of actor Peter Finch. To February 24
MONOLOG - Chickenshed Theatre. Short one-actor plays by Alan Bennett and others. To March 3
THE MOOR - Old Red Lion Theatre. Murder mystery. To March 3
NAPOLEON DISROBED - Arcola Theatre. Alternative history. To March 10
A PRINCESS UNDONE - Park Theatre. The Queen's sister Margaret. To March 17
SOMEWHERE A GUNNER FIRES - Old Red Lion Theatre. First World War drama. To February 24
THE TEMPEST - Jack Studio. Shakespeare. To March 3
TRUST - Gate Theatre. Relationship woes. To March 17
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION - County Hall. Courtroom drama performed in former city council chambers. To March 11
YOUS TWO - Hampstead Theatre. Teenager's attempt to fly the nest. To February 24
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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