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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).

NOTE: Winter is traditionally the season for Pantos and other family-friendly shows. Check the theatre links below for listings.

Here are some of the more interesting and longer-running things beyond the West End this month

AN ACT OF GOD - Vaults. She's back and she's angry. To January 2

THE ARRIVAL - Bush Theatre. Adoptee's attempt to reconnect with birth family. To January 18
THE BOY FRIEND - Menier Chocolate Factory Pastiche 1920s-style musical. To March 7
CANDIDA -  Orange Tree Theatre. Shaw comedy. To January 11
FAIRVIEW - Young Vic Theatre. Perceptions of race in America. To January 23
FITTER - Soho Theatre. Images of manhood. To January 4
GHOST QUARTET - Boulevard Theatre. Musical. To January 4
HUNGER - Arcola Theatre. Young man alone in the city. To December 21
I WANNA BE YOURS - Bush Theatre. Modern love story. To January 18
JOAN OF LEEDS - New Diorama Theatre. Naughty Christmas show. To December 21

ONE UNDER - Arcola Theatre. Train driver's response to accident. To December 21
RAVENS: SPASSKY VS FISCHER - Hampstead Theatre. Chess match in the middle of the Cold War. To January 18
THE SIGNALMAN - Old Red Lion Theatre. Dickens ghost story. To January 4
SIX - Arts Theatre. Musical of Henry VIII and his wives. To July 5
SUPERSTAR - Southwark Playhouse. Pop star's sister. To December 21
WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND - Union Theatre. Musical - not the Lloyd Webber one. To December 21

THE WIND OF HEAVEN - Finborough Theatre. The Second Coming in a Welsh village  To December 21

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And 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 Park. Outdoor performances May-September. 

OPERA HOLLAND PARK Outdoor performances June-August

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