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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).

Be aware that all plans depend on the health of casts, and are subject to last-minute changes.

BRENDA'S GOT A BABY! - New Diorama Theatre. Pregnant teenager drama. To December 2

DREAMING AND DROWNING - Bush Theatre. Gay black man. To December 23

FRANK AND PERCY - The Other Palace. Men meet through their dogs. To December 3

GUYS AND DOLLS - Bridge Theatre. Classic musical. To February 24

LIZZIE - Southwark Playhouse. Musical. To December 2

1984 - Hackney Town Hall. Immersive production of Orwell. To December 17

NINETEEN GARDENS -  Hampstead Theatre. Former lovers' reunion. To December 9

1 THURSDAYS - Finborough Theatre. Growing up in Bradford. To December 22

ONE WHOLE NIGHT - White Bear Theatre. Women in crisis. To December 2

PACIFIC OVERTURES - Menier Chocolate Factory. Sondheim on Japan. To February 24.

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER - Orange Tree Theatre. 18th Century comedy moved to 1920s. To January 6

TAMING WHO? - Arcola Theatre. Twist on Shakespeare. To December 14

THE TIME MACHINE - Park Theatre. Comic version of Wells story. To December 30

TWO STRANGERS (carry a cake across New York) - Kiln Theatre. Musical. To January 20

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And here are links to some of the more established Off-West End theatres:

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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. Shakespeare and other plays in replica theatre.

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