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
BARBERSHOP CHRONICLES - Roundhouse. Socialising and philosophising in black barbershops. To August 24
BLUES IN THE NIGHT - Kiln Theatre. Story told through classic blues songs. To September 7
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY - Menier Chocolate Factory. Musical of the romantic novel and film. To September 14
EVITA - Open Air Theatre. Rice, Lloyd Webber and Eva Peron. To September 21
GAMES FOR LOVERS - Vaults. Rom-com. To August 25
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - St Paul's Covent Garden. Performed in a churchyard. To September 1
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Bridge Theatre. Promenade production of Shakespeare. To August 31
ON YOUR FEET - Coliseum. Musical about Gloria Estofan. To August 31
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND - Southwark Playhouse. Musical fable. To August 31
QUEEN OF THE MIST - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical about woman who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. To October 5
SHOWTUNE - Union Theatre. Songs of Jerry Herman. To August 24
SIX - Arts Theatre. Musical of Henry VIII and his wives. To July 5, 2020
Urban thriller. To September 14
SOUTHERN BELLES - King's Head Theatre. Tennessee Williams double bill. To August 24
TREE - Young Vic Theatre. South Africa today. To August 26
THE VIEW UPSTAIRS - Soho Theatre. Gay musical. To August 24
WARHEADS - Park Theatre. Life in the military. To September 7
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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