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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. Also check our FAMILY page for the most complete list anywhere of Pantos and other family shows during the holiday season.

BIG FISH - The Other Palace. Musical based on Tim Burton film. To December 31
THE BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED - Finborough Theatre. Minister with gay son. To November 25
CONTRACTIONS - New Diorama Theatre. Dark comedy by deaf company. To November 29
THE DARK ROOM - Theatre 503. Psychological thriller. To December 2
DOUBLE TROUBLE - Intermission Youth Theatre. Comedy of Errors by and for teenagers. To November 25
THE END OF HISTORY - Tristan Bates Theatre. Musical survey of the Twentieth Century. To December 2
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE - Marble Arch Theatre. Jazz-based musical. To February 17
THE FIRM - Hampstead Theatre. Gangsters' reunion. To December 2
HAIR - The Vault. 1960s musical. To December 3
JAMAICA INN - Tabard  Theatre. Atmospheric thriller. To December 2

MISS JULIE - Jermyn Street Theatre. Strindberg's exploration of  passion and class. To December 2
MOTHER COURAGE - Southwark Playhouse. Brecht's anti-war epic. To December 9
MUVVAHOOD - Park Theatre. Single mothers. To December 1
NO EXIT - Barons Court Theatre. Sartre on Hell. To November 25
NO PLACE LIKE HOPE  - Old Red Lion Theatre. Unlikely friendship of two women. To November 25
OF KITH AND KIN - Bush Theatre. Plans to have a baby disrupt a gay couple's life. To November 25
PICASSO - Playground Theatre. Art, life and love. To November 25
POISON - Orange Tree Theatre. Couple divided by shared grief. To December 2
THE RED LION - Trafalgar Studio Two. Off-pitch drama of football club. To December 2
THE RETREAT - Park Theatre. Comedy of city trader seeking inner peace. To December 2
SECONDARY VICTIM - Park Theatre. Therapist accused of misconduct. To December 9
THE SLAVES OF SOLITUDE - Hampstead Theatre. Wartime romance. To November 25
THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN - Young Vic Theatre. Greek tragedy. To November 25

THE TAILOR-MADE MAN - White Bear Theatre. Story of early Hollywood. To November 25
THE TOXIC AVENGER - Arts Theatre. Musical of spoof horror film. To  December 3
TRESTLE - Southwark Playhouse. Friendship slowly develops between users of a village hall. To November 25

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION - County Hall. Courtroom drama performed in former city council chambers. To March 11
YOUNG MARX - Bridge Theatre. Comedy about the revolutionary . To December 31

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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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