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
AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' - Southwark Playhouse. Musical salute to Fats Waller. To June 1
AMOUR - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical. To July 20
BROMLEY BEDLAM BETHLEHAM - Old Red Lion Theatre. Mental illness in a family. To May 25
ELEGIES FOR ANGELS PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS - Union Theatre. Musical saluting victims of AIDS. To June 8
CLASS - Bush Theatre. A parent-teacher meeting exposes class divides To June 1
CORAL BROWNE - THIS FINE LADY - King's Head Theatre. Salute to the actress. To June 3
CREDITORS and MISS JULIE - Jermyn Street Theatre. Strindberg double bill. To June 1
DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE - Lyric Hammersmith. Kneehigh Theatre in adaptation of The Beggars' Opera. To June 15
DEATH OF A SALESMAN - Young Vic Theatre. Arthur Miller classic. To July 13.
THE FIRM - Hampstead Theatre. Reunion of former gang members. To June 8
JUDE - Hampstead Theatre. Young woman's hunger for education. To June 1
THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON - Park Theatre. Political satire. To June 8
ORPHEUS DESCENDING - Menier Chocolate Factory. Tennessee Williams on high passion in the deep South. To July 6
SALT - Royal Court Upstairs. One woman's journey through racial history. To June 1
SIX - Arts Theatre. Musical of Henry VIII and his wives. To January 5
THIS ISLAND'S MINE - King's Head Theatre. Young gay people in the Thatcher era. To June 8
VINCENT RIVER - Trafalgar Studio 2. Aftermath of a murder. To June 22
YVETTE - Bush Theatre. Teenage girl's story. To June 1
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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