OFF WEST END
London's Off-West End and Fringe, like New York's Off-Broadway and Off Off-Broadway, range from established theatres that just happen to be in different parts of town from the West End, to scores 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
ANGEL - Arcola Theatre. Female sniper in Syria. To October 7
THE BLINDING LIGHT - Jermyn Street Theatre. Howard Brenton play about Strindberg. To October 14
DOUBT - Southwark Playhouse. Priest suspected of abuse. To September 30
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE - Marble Arch Theatre. Jazz-based musical. To February 17
FOOTLOOSE - Peacock Theatre. Musical of film of town that banned dancing. To September 30
THE KNOWLEDGE - Charing Cross Theatre. Learning to be London cabbies. To November 11
THE LISTENING ROOM - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Verbatim reactions to violent crimes. To September 30
MAESTRO - The Other Palace. Portrait of Leonard Bernstein. To October 22
THE MAGIC FLUTE - King's Head Theatre. Small-scale opera. To October 7
THE MARCH ON RUSSIA - Orange Tree Theatre. Troubled family reunion. To October 7
MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE - Young Vic Theatre. American idealist in Palestine. To October 21
9 TO 5 - Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Musical of film of secretaries' revenge. To October 1
PRISM - Hampstead Theatre. Ruminations on memory, identity and light in a story aabout noted cinematographer Jack Cardiff. To October 14
RAMONA TELLS JIM - Bush Theatre. Rom-com with unexpected dark undertones. To October 21
THE REVLON GIRL - Park Theatre. Make-up expert and war victims. To October 14
TURKEY - Hope Theatre. Lesbian tries for a baby. To October 14
THE UNKNOWN ISLAND - Gate Theatre. Fable of discoveries without and within. To October 7
WINGS - Young Vic Theatre. Woman's partial recovery from a stroke. To November 4
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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