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.
BURNING BRIDGES - Theatre 503. Family with autistic child. To October 8
DINNER AT THE TWITS - Vaults. Roald Dahl's comic couple and an actual meal. To October 30
THE DOVER ROAD - Jermyn Street Theatre. A A Milne comedy. To October 1
FLOYD COLLINS - Wilton's Music Hall. Musical about fabled cave explorer. To October 15
HOW TO DATE A FEMINIST - Arcola Theatre. Anti-RomCom. To October 1
IN THE HEIGHTS - King's Cross Theatre. Musical set in a New York Hispanic neighbourhood. To January 8
JESS AND JOE FOREVER - Orange Tree Theatre. Young couple's romance. To October 8
KENNY MORGAN - Arcola Theatre. The real life inspiration for Rattigan's Deep Blue Sea. To October 15
LABYRINTH - Hampstead Theatre. Drama of an international banking crisis. To October 8
A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR - Print Room at the Coronet. Tennessee Williams comedy-drama. To October 7
OUT THERE - Union Theatre. Musical about lost astronaut. To October 8
PARTY TRAP - Shoreditch Town Hall. TV interview goes wrong. To October 1
THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE - St James Theatre. Nazi refugee musician. To October 22
PUNKPLAY - Southwark Playhouse. Musical set in the 1980s. To October 1
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - King's Cross Theatre. Family classic, featuring real train. To January 8
TELL ME ANYTHING - Shoreditch Town Hall. Teenage romance. To October 1
27 - Cockpit Theatre. Rock musical. To October 22
TWO MAN SHOW - Soho Theatre. Two woman show about gender and power. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To October 1
UNFAITHFUL - Found 111. Dark comedy of relationships. To October 8
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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