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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.

BANANAMAN THE MUSICAL - Southwark Playhouse.  Comic book hero. To January 20

BARNUM - Menier Chocolate Factory. Musical about the 19th-century American showman. To March 3
CELL MATES - Hampstead Theatre. Simon Gray drama of Cold War spying. To January 20
EAST - King's Head Theatre. Steven Berkoff's mix of Shakespeare, Sophocles and Cockneys. To February 3
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE - Marble Arch Theatre. Jazz-based musical. To February 17
HEARTBREAK HOUSE - Union Theatre. Shaw comedy about family, marriage and money. To February 3
THE HERE AND THIS AND NOW - Southwark Playhouse. Morality of pharamceutical sales . To February 10
INTO THE NUMBERS - Finborough Theatre. Research into historical horrors threatens researcher's sanity. To January 27

MISALLIANCE - Orange Tree Theatre. Shaw comedy. To January 20
THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE - Lyric Hammersmith. Dissection of a marriage. To February 3
THIS STORY OF YOURS - White Bear Theatre. Interrogation of a prisoner. To January 27
TINY DYNAMITE - Old Red  Lion Theatre. Small causes with big effects. To February 3
TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992 - Gate Theatre. Collage of voices from a race riot. To February 3
THE TWILIGHT ZONE - Almeida Theatre. Tales from the 1960s TV series. To January 27
THE WAR HAS NOT YET STARTED - Southwark Playhouse. Modern anxieties. To February 10
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION - County Hall. Courtroom drama performed in former city council chambers. To March 11
THE WOMAN IN WHITE - Charing Cross Theatre. Lloyd Webber musical of 19th-century gothic tale. To February 10
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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 Park. Outdoor performances May-September. 

OPERA HOLLAND PARK Outdoor performances June-August

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