Finborough Theatre

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Matthew Turner
Chelsea

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.

Venue name: Finborough Theatre
Contact:
Address: 118
Finborough Rd
London
SW10 9ED
Transport: Rail/Tube: West Brompton; Tube: Earls Court

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  • Drama Until Saturday August 22 2015
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  • Monday August 3 2015 - Tuesday August 18 2015
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  • Fringe Tuesday August 25 2015 - Saturday September 19 2015
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  • Fringe Sunday August 30 2015 - Tuesday September 15 2015
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  • Fringe Tuesday September 22 2015 - Saturday October 17 2015
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William w
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I've seen some great plays stages here, I like the fact that they run two productions in rep so I can visit here on a Tuesday afternoon. The staff deserve much credit.

Paul

Loved it, great performances. Special mention to the wonderful voice of Alastair Parker playing the Husband. A real treat seeing actors who can actually sing! A must see!