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
ALLIGATORS - Hampstead Theatre. Thriller. To July 22
BLONDEL - Union Theatre. Musical by Tim Rice and the ABBA guys. To July 15
FOOD - Finborough Theatre. Australian drama. To July 15
GROOMED - Soho Theatre. Drama of child abuse. To July 1
HOLY CRAP - King's Head Theatre. Irreverant musical. To July 8
HOUSE OF AMERICA - Jack Studio. Poor Welsh family. To July 15
I HEAR YOU AND REJOICE - Tricycle Theatre. Irish widower's monologue. To July 1
KISS ME - Trafalgar Studio 2. Richard Bean love story. To July 8
LA STRADA - The Other Palace. Musical of Fellini film. To July 8
THE LAST ONES - Jermyn Street Theatre. Gorky drama. To July 1
LETTICE AND LOVAGE - Menier Chocolate Factory. Peter Shaffer comedy. To July 8
LIFE OF GALILEO - Young Vic Theatre. Brecht's view of science v. religion. To July 1
MACBETH - St Paul's Covent Garden. Promenade production To July 29
THE MAN IN THE WOMAN'S SHOES - Tricycle Theatre. Irish shoemaker's comic adventure. To July 1
THE MISANTHROPE - Drayton Arms Theatre. Moliere performed in English and French on alternate nights. To July 8
MY COUNTRY - Theatre Royal Stratford East. Verbatim interviews on feeling British. To July 3
AN OCTOROON - Orange Tree Theatre. Race in 19th-century America. To July 1
ON THE TOWN - Open Air Theatre. Sailors-in-New-York musical. To July 1
THE QUENTIN DENTIN SHOW - Tristan Bates Theatre. Musical. To July 29
SUPERHERO - Southwark Playhouse. One-man musical about custody battle. To July 22
THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD - Arcola Theatre. Drama of 1970s Argentina. To July 15
WORKING - Southwark Playhouse. Verbatim musical about working people. To July 8
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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