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.
THE BUS - Above The Stag Theatre. Friendship threatened by prejudice. To November 22
THE CHERRY ORCHARD - Young Vic. Katie Mirchell directs Chekhov. To November 29
THE CURING ROOM - Pleasance Theatre. Drama of Nazi prisoners. To November 9
DAMN YANKEES - Landor Theatre. 1950s Broadway musical about baseball and the devil. To November 8
DAS DING - New Diorama Theatre. Satire of global economy. To November 1
THE DISTANCE - Orange Tree Theatre. Friends try to cope with a shocking revelation. To November 8
DYING FOR IT - Jack Studio. Adaptation of Russian black comedy. To November 8
FOUR MINUTES TWELVE SECONDS - Hampstead Theatre. Teenager's future endangered by misused phone. To November 1
FULLY COMMITTED - Menier Chocolate Factory. Comic travails of a restaurant booking clerk. To November 15
GHOST STORIES - Arts Theatre. Trio of spooky tales
GRAND GUIGNOL - Southwark Playhouse. Black comedy. To November 22
THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND - Tricycle Theatre. Drama set in 19th century New Orleans. To November 29.
THE HUNDRED WE ARE - The Yard Theatre. One woman at three ages. To November 8
THE HUNTERS GRIMM - The Albany. Dark fairytales on the streets of Deptford. To November 8
THE INFIDEL - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Musical version of irreverant film. To November 2
JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS - Charing Cross Theatre. Compilation of Brel songs. To November 22
JONAH AND OTTO - Park Theatre. Encounter of an older and younger man. To November 23
JUST LIKE THAT - Museum of Comedy. Salute to comedian Tommy Cooper. To January 24
NOTES FROM UNDEERGROUND - Print Room. One-man version of Dostoyevsky. To November 1
THE RIVALS - Arcola Theatre. Eighteenth-century comedy. To November 15
SEMINAR - Hampstead Theatre. Drama set in a class for would-be writers. To November 1
SPINE - Soho Theatre. Street kid's unexpected maturing. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To November 2
SWEENEY TODD - Harrington's Pie Shop. Sondheim musical performed in a pie shop. To November 29
TAMING WHO? - Intermission Theatre. Modern adaptation of Shakespeare comedy. To November 22
THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE - Trafalgar Studio 2. Drama of Wilde's court cases. To November 8
UNIDENTIFIED ITEM IN THE BAGGING AREA - Old Red Lion Theatre. Comedy of middle-aged woman and a sex line. To November 8
THE VIKINGS AT HELGELAND - Drayton Arms Theatre. Early Ibsen. To November 22
THE WALL - Hope Theatre. Scottish teenagers over an idle summer. To November 15
WET HOUSE - Soho Theatre. Comedy set in homeless shelter. To November 16
WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE? - Southwark Playhouse. Oral histories. To November 15
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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