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.
ADAM AND EVE AND STEVE - King's Head Theatre. Musical comedy. To April 29
AFTERPARTY - Pleasance Theatre. Birthday celebration. To March 26
A DARK NIGHT IN DALSTON - Park Theatre. Unlikely couple thrown together. To April 1
DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - Southwark Playhouse. Adaptation of graphic novel. To March 25
DOG ENDS - Tabard Theatre. What to do with ageing dog. To April 15
ESCAPE THE SCAFFOLD - Theatre 503. Psychological thriller. To April 15
FILTHY BUSINESS - Hampstead Theatre. Matriarch of an East End family stops at nothing to hold control. To April 22
THE FROGS - Jermyn Street Theatre. Sondheim musical. To April 8
GROUNDED - Gate Theatre. Female air force pilot's story. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To March 25
I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD - Finborough Theatre. Playwright father and actress daughter await reviews. To March 25
THE LIFE - Southwark Playhouse. Cy Coleman musical. To April 29
LOVE IN IDLENESS - Menier Chocolate Factory. Terrence Rattigan comedy of mature lovers and her disapproving son. To April 29.
LOW LEVEL PANIC - Orange Tree Theatre. Dark comedy of women and sex. To March 25
MADE IN INDIA - Soho Theatre. Surrogacy. To March 25
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Young Vic Theatre. Shakespeare. To April 1
SCARLETT - Hampstead Theatre. Starting a new life in the country. To March 25
SEVENTEEN - Lyric Hammersmith. American teen comedy performed by senior actors. To April 5
THE SORROWS OF SATAN - Tristan Bates Theatre. Musical comedy. To March 25
SPEECH AND DEBATE - Trafalgar Studio 2. High school comedy. To April 1
TAMBOURLAINE - Arcola Theatre. Marlowe. To April 8
THE WHITE DEVIL - Shakespeare's Globe. Jacobean drama. To April 16
THE WILD PARTY - The Other Palace. 1920s-set musical. To April 1
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
SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE THEATRE. Plays done in replica of Shakespeare's original theatre during the summer, with tours and some performances the rest of the year.
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