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.
ALPHA BETA - Finborough Theatre. Dissection of an unhappy marriage. To July 18
THE AMERICAN VENUS - King's Head Theatre. Play about silent film star Louise Brooks. To August 1
AN AUDIENCE WITH JIMMY SAVILE - Park Theatre. Imagined encounter with the disgraced TV star. To July 11
BITESIZE CHEKHOV - Courtyard Theatre. Three short plays. To July 11
BUGSY MALONE - Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Gangster musical with child cast. To September 5
THE DEAD MONKEY - Park Theatre. Dissection of a failing marriage. To July 14
THE DREAMERS - St James Theatre. First World War musical. To July 11
THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS AND HEARTS - Arcola Theatre. Musical drama of family secrets. To August 1
LAMPEDUSA - Soho Theatre. North African poverty and desperation. To July 25
LITTLE MALCOLM AND HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE EUNUCHS - Southwark Playhouse. Would-be 1960s revolutionary. To August 1
LUNA GALE - Hampstead Theatre. Social worker struggles with child custody case. To July 18
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Windsor Great Park. Outdoor Shakespeare. To July 19
NOONDAY DEMONS - King's Head Theatre. Black comedy. To August 1
ORSON'S SHADOW - Southwark Playhouse. Welles meets Olivier. To July 25
THE SEAGULL - Open Air Theatre. Chekhov in Regent's Park. To July 11
SHAKESPEARE'S R&J - Tabard Theatre. Modern schoolboys' interpretation of Shakespeare. To August 8
THE TEMPEST - Hope Theatre. Four-actor Shakespeare. To July 18
36 PHONE CALLS - Hampstead Theatre. Man's complex life implodes on him. To July 18
THE TRIAL - Young Vic Theatre. Nick Gill adaptation of Kafka novel. To August 22
TWELFTH NIGHT - St Paul's Covent Garden. Shakespeare in churchyard. To July 29
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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