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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.

ADAM AND EVE AND STEVE - King's Head Theatre. Musical comedy. To April 29
ALL THE THINGS I LIED ABOUT - Soho Theatre. How and why people lie. Reviewed in Edinburgh. To May 6
THE BRAILLE LEGACY - Charing Cross Theatre. Musical about the inventor of alphabet for the blind. To June 24
DIMINISHED - Hampstead Theatre. Dark secrets of a seemingly happy marriage. To April 29

GUARDS AT THE TAJ - Bush Theatre. Little men who participate in an atrocity. To May 20

THE LIFE - Southwark Playhouse. Cy Coleman musical. To April 29
THE LOTTERY OF LOVE - Orange Tree Theatre. 18th-century rom-com of disguises and mistaken identities. To May 13
THE LOUNGE - Soho Theatre. Drama about the elderly. To May 20
LOVE IN IDLENESS - Menier Chocolate Factory. Terrence Rattigan comedy of mature lovers and her disapproving son. To April 29.

MADAME RUBINSTEIN - Park Theatre. Story of the cosmetics mogul. To May 27
MISS NIGHTINGALE - The Vaults. Comedy set in 1940s cabaret. To May 20
NUCLEAR WAR - Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. Day-in-the-life text largely told through movement and mime. To May 6
THE PLAGUE - Arcola Theatre. Dramatisation of Camus. To May 6
READY OR NOT - Arcola Theatre. Political thriller. To April 29
REFUGEE BOY - Chickenshed Theatre. African boy's adventure. To May 13
ROMEO AND JULIET - Union Theatre. Shakespeare. To May 20
THIS BEAUTIFUL FUTURE - The Yard  Theatre. Nazi soldier in love. To May 20
THE WIPERS TIMES - Arts Theatre. WW1 soldiers put out a comic magazine in the trenches. To May 13

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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

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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