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.
ALL OUR CHILDREN - Jermyn Street Theatre. Nazi plans for the imperfect. To June 3
ASSATA TAUGHT ME - Gate Theatre. African-American exile's view of America. To June 2
BABETTE'S FEAST - Print Room. Gourmet chef in rural Norway. To June 3
BLUSH - Soho Theatre. Effects of revenge porn online. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To June 3
THE BRAILLE LEGACY - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical about the inventor of alphabet for the blind. To June 24
CHUMMY - White Bear Theatre. Noir thriller. To June 10
COMBUSTION - Arcola Theatre. British Muslim lives. To June 24
DEPOSIT - Hampstead Theatre. First time home buyers. To June 10
DYL -Old Red Lion Theatre. Comedy of lonely guy. To June 3
THE ISLAND - Southwark Playhouse. South African drama. To June 24
JAM - Finborough Theatre. Teacher and ex-student. To June 17
JEKYLL AND HYDE - Pleasance Theatre. Camp parody. To June 3
JUDY! - Arts Theatre. Life of Garland. To June 17
LA STRADA - The Other Palace. Musical of Fellini film. To July 8
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
LOTTERY - Pleasance Theatre. Government by chance. To June 4
THE MAGIC FLUTE - King's Head Theatre. Small-scale opera. To June 3
MONTAGU - Tabard Theatre. Political fable. To June 17
OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS - Hampstead Theatre. Bringing democracy to Iraq after Saddam. To June 3
AN OCTOROON - Orange Tree Theatre. Race in 19th-century America. To June 24
ON THE TOWN - Open Air Theatre. Sailors-in-New-York musical. To July 1
OTHELLO- Wilton's Music Hall. Shakespeare. To June 3
OUT THERE ON FRIED MEAT RIDGE RD - Trafalgar Studios. Hillbilly comedy. To June 3
RICHARD III - Arcola Theatre. Greg Hicks is the King. To June 10
ROLLER DINER - Soho Theatre.Life and love in a retro restaurant. To June 24
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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