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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'Magnificent' first premiered at the Royal Court in 1973. This revival of well-respected playwright Howard Brenton's political comedy aims to make its themes of social injustice, homelessness and terrorism appeal to contemporary audiences. It's produced...Drama Tuesday October 25 2016 - Saturday November 19 2016Read more
In a bohemian flat in 1936 London, a family of theatrefolk lament their fading fortunes as their son's first play approaches opening night. This semi-autobiographical play by Rodney Ackland ('Absolute Hell', 'Before the Party') is a portrait of a family...Drama Tuesday November 22 2016 - Thursday December 22 2016Read more
James Bridie's psychological thriller is a chilling addition to the Finborough's winter season, telling the story of the last man to be hanged in Glasgow. Bridie draws on his own experience as a doctor to pen this story of a murderous medic, and the people...Drama Sunday November 27 2016 - Tuesday December 20 2016Read more
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