The jewel in the crown of the London fringe
Probably the most influential fringe theatre in the world, artistic director Neil McPherson has guided the tiny Finborough to success via very specific artistic criteria: revivals much have been written after 1800, but not seen in London for 25 years; new work must avoid numorous cliches, including 'paedophilia', 'Oscar Wilde', and 'plays about urban, middle-class “twenty/thirtysomethings” preoccupied with relationships or emotional problems'.
The programme takes in three-week-runs, with a 'main' play running Tuesday to Saturday nights, and a 'secondary' play running Sunday and Monday. Inevitably there are as many misses as hits, but the calibre of actors and creatives is way beyond what you'd normally expect from the fringe.
You won't get much change out of £20 for a ticket, though that's kind of par for course across the fringe these days.
Though an archetypal pub theatre, the Finborough have outlasted any number of businesses in its downstairs, from pubs to a wine bar. Currently it's the Finborough Arms, a welcoming pub with a decent range of beers.
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This one goes out to all the braggers who ‘did’ the Himalayas on their gap years. Oxford historian Amy Ng pits east against west in her first full-length play, questioning the way people buy and sell authenticity on their travels. Bunny helps out in...Drama Until Saturday August 6 2016Read more
As part of its season of work from Canada, the Finborough's staging a European premiere of Michael Healey's biting political drama. An embattled prime minister discovers a secret weapon: a single mother whose limited understanding of politics makes her...Drama Sunday July 31 2016 - Tuesday August 2 2016Read more
Hotly tipped playwright James Fritz (author of Edinburgh Fringe hit 'Ross and Rachel') has penned this bleak satire on the property ladder, as seen by 16-year-olds and 60-year-olds. It will be performed by National Youth Theatre, and directed by Bryan...Comedy Tuesday August 9 2016 - Saturday August 13 2016Read more
Olivier Award-winning playwright Bola Agbaje's two hander 'Bitches' is a story of teenage friends who are running a YouTube channel. They dream of making a fortune - but things get out of hand when a family video goes viral. This performance by National...Drama Tuesday August 16 2016 - Saturday August 20 2016Read more
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The National Youth Theatre performs the first stage production of Mohsin Hamid's Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel, which looks at faith and disenchantment in post 9/11 New York and Pakistan. The book's been adapted for the stage by Stephanie Street,...Drama Tuesday August 23 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016Read more
The Finborough stays faithful to its mission of reviving rarely staged plays with this rarest of rarities: a Noel Coward drama that hasn't been staged since its London premiere in 1927. Martin Parr directs this comedy of love and adultery, in a repressive...Comedy Tuesday August 30 2016 - Saturday September 24 2016Read more
The Great Divide
This new work from American playwright Alix Sobler is an intense and heartfelt look at the experiences of early 20th century immigrants. Working in a shirtwaist factory in Manhattan, girls and young women suffer a second time, after escaping grim conditions...Sunday September 4 2016 - Tuesday September 20 2016Read more
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