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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. (Also check our FAMILY page for Pantos and other kid-friendly shows this winter).

AFTER OCTOBER - Finborough Theatre. 1936 drama of bohemian family. To December 22
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Arts Theatre. Simon Callow's solo version first seen 2011. To January 7
FLEABAG - Soho Theatre. Confessions of a slackerette. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To December 16
FOOL FOR LOVE - Found 111. Sam Shepard play of battling lovers. To December 17
GATSBY - Leicester Square. Fitzgerald story. To January 15
HAMLET - Trafalgar Studio 2.  Stripped-down modern adaptation. To December 31
HENRY IV - Donmar at King's Cross. Return of all-female production from 2014.  To December 17
HOW TO DATE A FEMINIST - Arcola Theatre. Rom-com. To December 17
IN THE HEIGHTS - King's Cross Theatre. Musical set in a New York Hispanic neighbourhood. To January 8
JEST END - Waterloo East Theatre. Parodies of musicals. To December 18
JULIUS CAESAR - Donmar at King's Cross. Return of all-female production from 2012. To December 17
LAZARUS - King's Cross Theatre. Musical of The Man Who Fell To Earth. To January 22
LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS ON - Young Vic Theatre. Actor Mark Lockyer's experience of being bipolar. To December 23

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - Southbank Centre. Elvis, Johnny, Jerrry Lee and Carl drop in on Sun Records. To January 2
ONCE IN A LIFETIME - Young Vic Theatre. Hollywood satire. To January 14
PLATINUM - Hampstead Theatre. Perils of celebrity. To January 14
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - Jermyn Street Theatre. Jane Austen. To December 21
PUB BRAWL HAMLET - Pack And Carriage Theatre. Shakespeare in a pub. To December 15
RAGTIME - Charing Cross Theatre. Epic musical set in early 20th century. To December 10
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - King's Cross Theatre. Family classic, featuring real train. To January 8
REMOVAL MEN - The Yard. Romance in immigrant detention centre. To December 10
RENT - St James Theatre. 1990s musical sets La Boheme in the age of AIDS. To January 8
ROMEO AND JULIET - Rose Bankside. Shakespeare on site of  Elizabethan theatre. To December 10
THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS - Park Theatre. Satirical view of Hell. To January 7
SHE LOVES ME - Menier Chocolate Factory. Romantic musical. To March 4
SHEPPEY - Orange Tree Theatre. Somerset Maugham comedy of sweepstakes winner who wants to give it all away. To January 7
THE TEMPEST - Donmar at King's Cross.  All-female production. To December 17
THE TEMPEST - Print Room. To December 17
THEBES LAND - Arcola Theatre.  Drama of fratricide. To December 23
TRAINSPOTTING - The Vaults. Edinburgh druggies. To January 15
2 BECOME 1 - King's Head Theatre. 1990s-set musical. To January 7
UNDERNEATH - Soho Theatre. Is beauty skin deep? To December 17
WHOSE SARI NOW? - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Indian tales. To December 17

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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 Park. 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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