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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It Is Easy To Be Dead
Neil McPherson is known for making the Finborough a hive of high-quality theatrical revivals, but this summer he's staging one of his own plays. 'It Is Easy To Be Dead' is a commemmoration of the Battle of the Somme that's inspired by the poetry and letters...Drama Until Saturday July 9 2016Read more
Maggie And Pierre
Linda Griffiths and Paul Thompson's one-woman play explores the impact of media scrutiny, power and fame on Maggie and Pierre, the parents of Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau. Maggie's a free-spirited teenage hippie, and Pierre's a 50-year-old man...Drama Sunday July 3 2016 - Tuesday July 5 2016Read more
Bunny La is a young indigenous woman who lives in the foothills of the Himalayas - renamed 'Shangri-La' to lure the tourist's dollar. Amy Ng's new play explores the pain of cultural tourism, and the pressures placed on people whose traditional livelihoods...Drama Tuesday July 12 2016 - 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 17 2016 - Tuesday August 2 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
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