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London's Off-West End and Fringe, like New York's Off-Broadway and Off Off-Broadway, ranges from established theatres that just happen to be in different parts of town from the West End, to dozens 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

ANTIGONE - New Diorama Theatre. Greek tragedy. To February 1
BECKETT TRIPLE BILL - Jermyn Street Theatre. Krapp's Last Tape, Eh Joe, The Old Tune. To February 8
THE BOY FRIEND - Menier Chocolate Factory Pastiche 1920s-style musical. To March 7
THE CANARY AND THE CROW - Arcola Theatre. New kid in posh school. To February 8
COMING CLEAN - Trafalgar Studio 2. Gay romance. To February 1
COPS - Southwark Playhouse. Corruption in Chicago. To February 1
FACES IN THE CROWD - Gate Theatre. Interwoven stories. To February 8
FAIRVIEW - Young Vic Theatre. Perceptions of race in America. To January 23
FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN - King's Head Theatre. Marlene Dietrich meets Edward VIII. To February 8
FIX - Pleasance Theatre. Repairman and client. To February 1

42nd Street - Upstairs At The Gatehiuse. Backstage musical. To January 26
RAGS - Park Theatre. Musical. To February 8
SIX - Arts Theatre. Musical of Henry VIII and his wives. To July 5
SNOWFLAKE - Kiln Theatre. Estranged father and daughter. To January 25
TOM BROWN'S SCHOOLDAYS - Union Theatre. Musical. To February 1

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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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