Finborough Theatre

Theatre West Brompton
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Finborough Theatre
Matthew Turner

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
Address: 118
Finborough Rd
SW10 9ED
Transport: Rail/Tube: West Brompton; Tube: Earls Court
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  • Musicals Saturday October 22 2016
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  • Drama Tuesday October 25 2016 - Saturday November 19 2016
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Intimate space that immerses you into the greatest plays. This theatre has given birth to many that have transferred to the West End. On my last visit, I experiences "My Eyes Went Dark"- "Thrilling modern tragedy about Russian architect Nikolai Koslov who suffers the deep trauma of losing his wife and children in an air accident. As he seeks justice, the story transforms into a visceral examination of the cost of blame and our potential for forgiveness." Only two cast members played over 15 different roles with much artistry. An unforgettable experience!

William w

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.


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!