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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).

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

APPROACHING EMPTY - Kiln Theatre. Drama in minicab office. To February 2
ASPECTS OF LOVE - Southwark Playhouse. Lloyd-Webber musical. To February 9
CHASING BONO -  Soho Theatre. Growing up in Dublin. To January 19
THE DAME - Park Theatre. Backstage with a panto actor. To January 26
THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW - Arcola Theatre. D H Lawrence drama. To February 2
THE DOUBLE DEALER - Orange Tree Theatre. Restoration comedy. To January 26
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE - Union Theatre. Arthur Miller version of Ibsen. To February 2
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Menier Chocolate Factory. Broadway classic musical. To March 8
FRANZ KAFKA - APPARATUS - White Bear Theatre. Adaptation of In The Penal Colony. To January 26
IN LIPSTICK - Pleasance Theatre. Women trying to escape. To January 26

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT - Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Cole Porter musical. To January 27
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS - Playground Theatre. Musical take-off on The Princess and the Pea. To January 19
ORIGINAL DEATH RABBIT - Jermyn Street Theatre. Woman's darkly comic adventures with feminism and the internet  To February 9
OUTLYING ISLANDS - King's Head Theatre. Scientists and local community. To February 2
SIX - Arts Theatre. Musical of Henry VIII and his wives. To May 5
STRIP AND SEARCH -  Arcola Theatre. Uncomfortable conversations. To February 9
VIOLET - Charing Cross Theatre. Musuical. To April 6

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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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