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.
ACCEPTANCE - Hampstead Theatre. Drama of young musician. To April 7
AFTER THE BALL - Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Homefront during the Great War. To March 24
BRIEF ENCOUNTER - Empire Cinema Haymarket. Kneehigh Theatre's stage version of classic film. To September 2
CAROLINE, OR CHANGE - Hampstead Theatre. Musical of America in the 1960s. To April 21.
THE DOG BENEATH THE SKIN - Jermyn Street Theatre. Auden-Isherwood play. To March 31
DOLLYWOULD - Soho Theatre. Salute to Dolly Parton. To April 14
THE CHERRY ORCHARD - Union Theatre. Rewriting of Chekhov's play sets it in the middle of the Russian Revolution To April 7
FEMALE PARTS - Hoxton Hall. Three dark comedies about women. To March 31
GREAT APES - Arcola Theatre. Adaptation of novel about evolved chimps. To April 21
HAMLET - Hackney Empire. RSC touring production with African setting. To March 31
HAROLD AND MAUDE - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical of May-December romance. To March 31
HUMBLE BOY - Orange Tree Theatre. Modern-day Hamlet as comedy, with bees. To April 14
THE INHERITANCE - Young Vic Theatre. Two-part drama about modern gay life. To May 19
JULIUS CAESAR - Bridge Theatre. Promenade production, with audience playing the Romans. To April 15
JULIUS CAESAR - Courtyard Theatre. To March 31
KINDERTRANSPORT - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. Wartime children-saving efforts. To March 24
THE MIKADO - King's Head Theatre. Gilbert and Sullivan. To April 21
MISS NIGHTINGALE - Hippodrome. 1940s-set musical. To May 6
OLD FOOLS - Southwark Playhouse. Living and loving with dementia. To April 7
OUR BIG LOVE STORY - Hope Theatre. Romance fights prejudice. To April 7
A PASSAGE TO INDIA - Park Theatre. Staging of the novel. To March 24
RETURNING TO HAIFA - Finborough Theatre. Israeli and Palestinian families. To March 24
RUTHLESS - Arts Theatre. Musical spoof thriller. To June 23
THREE SISTERS - Jack Studio. Chekhov. To April 14
VINCENT RIVER - Park Theatre. Aftermath of a hate crime. To April 14
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
Outdoor performances May-September.
OPERA HOLLAND PARK Outdoor performances June-August
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