Fringe theatre in London

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The fringe is the lifeblood of London's theatre scene, a world of tiny, unsubsidised theatres that offers everything from revivals of rare musicals to the West End hits of tomorrow. Here’s Time Out’s guide, including fringe reviews, fringe listings and links to London’s key fringe theatres.

Central London fringe theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Duchess Theatre 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Feb 1
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  1. Jermyn Street Theatre Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6ST
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Sep 20
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  1. Charing Cross Theatre 3 The Arches, Villiers St, WC2N 6NL
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Oct 11
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  1. Theatre Delicatessen (Farringdon) 119 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3DA
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Nov 1
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East London fringe theatre

These Are Your Lives

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. The Yard Theatre White Post Lane, E9 5EN
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Oct 4
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  1. Half Moon Young People's Theatre White Horse Road, E1 0ND
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Sep 21
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  1. Stratford Circus Theatre Square, E15 1BX
  2. Sun Sep 21
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North London fringe theatre

Autobahn

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. King's Head Theatre 115 Upper St, N1 1QN
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Sep 20
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The Blank Canvas

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. King's Head Theatre 115 Upper St, N1 1QN
  2. Sun Sep 21
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  1. Little Angel Theatre Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Nov 9
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  1. Upstairs at the Gatehouse Hampstead Lane, Highgate Village, N6 4BD
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Sep 21
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South London fringe theatre

The Dreaming

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Union Theatre 204 Union St, SE1 OLX
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Sep 27
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Eye of a Needle

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Southwark Playhouse Newington Causeway, SE1 6BD
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Sep 20
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Freak

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Theatre 503 503 Battersea Park Rd, SW11 3BW
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Sep 27
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Titus Andronicus

  • Rated as: 2/5
  1. Peckham multi-storey car park 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Sep 21
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West London fringe theatre

The Flouers o'Edinburgh

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Finborough Theatre Finborough Road, SW10 9ED
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Sep 27
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Lionboy

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Tricycle 269 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sat Jan 10
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  1. Little Venice, Blomfield Rd, W9 2PF
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  1. Puppet Theatre Barge Little Venice, Blomfield Rd, W9 2PF
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Oct 26
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Chris Lee
Chris Lee

Dogstar at the Tabard Theatre is a desperately funny serious play; not to be confused with a desperately serious funny play. Set in the old West in a saloon bar we have a deperado, we have the town beauty, the town villian and the man behind the bar. Greg Freeman's magical play pushes all kinds of boundaries. Part shaggy dog(star) story, part philosophical investigation, it asks what is purity, virginity and desire? The rough ethics of the west are beautifully captured in nuanced performances which bring pathos to classic western roles. The set is evocative and strange, you can smell the sweat and whiskey, and the whole thing is directed with a wonderfullly understated majesty by Ken McClymont. Unmissable.

alexandra richardson
alexandra richardson

I share Glenn Tyrell's regret in not having the full printed version of Tome Out. Indeed, I would estimate that our theatre and museum attendence has dropped by about 60-70 percent due wholly to the absence of the comprehensive magazine. Bring it back , please! Others share this view.

Glen Tyrell
Glen Tyrell

I purchased the print edition ofTime Out for many years because it gave a comprehensive list of all the plays (big and small), film and music that were on at a particular time on a particular evening. It only took a few minutes to run down all the listings and select a suitable shortlist. Armed with a sortlist I tried to buy tickets and if I did not get my first choice I usually got tickets for something on my shortlist that was very entertaining and often completly unknown to me when I started to process. By this means I discovered many small plays, theatres and music venues that I did not know by name. As a result I sang your praises to anyone who visited London and wanted a comprehensive acccount of what our wonderful city has to offer. Forgive me if I am wrong but your new format seems to favour big west end productions or productions you favour and make it very time consuming for me to make my own selection. This seems to me to be very unfair to new talent and will probably lead to the eventual demise of your own organ as punters like me are regretfully driven to go direct to the venues that they have found to be reliable in the past because they do not have the time to wade through all the extraneous guff that you now include on your very slow and turgid website. If I am wrong I would be grateful for an explantion as to how I quickly draw up a shortlist of theatre, film and music available at a particular time on a particular date from your current format? Glen Tyrell (g.tyrell@4newsquare.com)

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