OFF WEST END
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
AFTERGLOW - Southwark Playhouse. Gay triangle. To July 20
BARE - A POP OPERA - Vaults. Gay musical. To August 4
CASH COW - Hampstead Theatre. Tennis prodegy's pushy parents. To July 20
FIVER - Southwark Playhouse. Musical follows a five pound note from hand to hand. To July 20
GAMES FOR LOVERS - Vaults. Rom-com. To August 25
HAMLET- St Paul's Covent Garden. Shakespeare in a churchyard. To July 27
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Bridge Theatre. Promenade production of Shakespeare. To August 31
NOISES OFF - Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Classic farce about performing in a farce. To July 27
ON YOUR FEET - Coliseum. Musical about Gloria Estofan. To August 31
ONE GIANT LEAP - Jack Studio. Comedy about faking the moon landing. To July 27
RUST - Bush Theatre. Once-a-week adventures in adultery. To July 27
SIX - Arts Theatre. Musical of Henry VIII and his wives. To July 5, 2020
STARVED - Hope Theatre. Desperate young couple. To August 3
STRANGE FRUIT - Bush Theatre. Black lives in 1970s Britain. To July 27
SUMMER ROLLS - Park Theatre. Vietnamese family in Britain. To July 13
WHILE THE SUN SHINES - Orange Tree Theatre. Terrence Rattigan wartime comedy. To July 27
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
Outdoor performances May-September.
OPERA HOLLAND PARK Outdoor performances June-August
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