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.
DOGFIGHT - Southwark Playhouse. Musical of boys going off to war. To September 13
THE DUCHESS OF MALFI - New Diorama Theatre. Jacobean tragedy. To August 23
EPSTEIN - Leicester Square Theatre. The Beatles' first manager. To September 6
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY - Menier Chocolate Factory. Parodies of showtunes. To August 30, then West End transfer.
GRIM - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical romance of Cupid and Death. To August 30
JEZEBEL - Soho Theatre. Comedy of couple trying to spice up their sex life. To August 31.
LA TRAVIATA - Soho Theatre. Small-scale opera. To September 14
THE LONG ROAD SOUTH - Hope Theatre. American drama set in the 1960s. To August 31.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Lion and Unicorn Theatre. Shakespeare. To August 23
NOT I / FOOTFALLS / ROCKABY - Purcell Room. Lisa Dwan in three short plays by Samuel Beckett. To August 30
SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS - Union Theatre. Musical spoof travelogue of the US. To August 30.
THÉRÈSE RAQUIN - Park Theatre. Chamber opera based on Zola novel. To August 24.
WHEN YOU SAY GOODBYE - London Theatre Workshop. World War I musical. To August 23
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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