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.
AFTER ELECTRA - Tricycle Theatre. Comic and dramatic reactions to a planned suicide. To May 2
AH, WILDERNESS! - Young Vic Theatre. American small town in 1906 - Eugene O'Neill's sole comedy. To May 23
ANIMALS - Theatre 503. Black comedy of the elderly. To May 2
BLOOD - Soho Theatre. Clash-of-cultures love story. To May 17
BRIDLINGTON - Rosemary Branch Theatre. Love among psychiatric patients. To May 3
BUYER & CELLAR - Menier Chocolate Factory. Comedy set in Barbra Streisand's basement. To May 2
CARMEN DISRUPTION - Almeida Theatre. Ruminations on loneliness and isolation inspired by Bizet's opera. To May 23
CLARION - Arcola Theatre. Dark comedy set in a tabloid newspaper. To May 16
CLOSER TO HEAVEN - Union Theatre. Pet Shop Boys musical. To May 23
DEAD SHEEP - Park Theatre. Political Satire. To May 9
DEATH OF A COMEDIAN - Soho Theatre. Life of a stand-up comic. To May 16
EACH HIS OWN WILDERNESS - Orange Tree Theatre. Doris Lessing drama of politics and sex in the 1950s. To May 16
HOW TO WIN AGAINST HISTORY - Ovalhouse Theatre. Musical comedy about Victorian eccentric. To May 10
I WISH TO DIE SINGING - Finborough Theatre. Verbatim accounts of the Armenian genocide of 1915. To May 16
A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD - Jermyn Street Theatre. Pressures on schoolkids. To May 9
NO MILK FOR THE FOXES - Camden People's Theatre. Thoughts of night security guards. To May 5
THE POINT OF NO RETURN - New Diorama Theatre. Ukranian political drama. To May 23
PRODUCT - Arcola Theatre. Mark Ravenhill on Hollywood. To May 23
REDHEAD - Bridewell Theatre. Broadway murder mystery musical. To May 2
RESULT - Pleasance Theatre. Pressures on young footballers. To May 17
SCARLET - Southwark Playhouse. Woman becomes victim of viral video. To May 9
SHOCK TREATMENT - King's Head Theatre. Musical follow-up to the Rocky Horror Show. To May 9
TITUS ANDRONICUS - Greenwich Theatre. All-female Shakespeare. To May 2
TONY'S LAST TAPE - Bridge House Theatre. Political drama. To May 17
THE VOTE - Donmar Warehouse Theatre. Play set in the final moments of election night. To May 7
WHO CARES - Royal Court Upstairs. Immersive promenade piece on the NHS's problems. To May 16
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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