The home of musical theatre on the fringe
As it's become ever harder to stage a successful musical in the West End, the fringe has surged ahead as the place to find vibrant new work and interesting musical revivals. And nowhere embodies that better than the Union Theatre, a tiny, rough-around-the-edges venue in a former warehouse that hosts musical after musical (plus the occasional play) on the sort of budget that Cameron Mackintosh spends on a sandwich. The results are mixed, but that's kind of the point: the Union is an invaluable outlet for aspiring creatives and performers to hone their skills.
The Union's lease has been threatened in recent times, bt it appears to have weathered the storm. The large numbers of people involved in musicals means tickets can cost as much as £20, but there's few London musical theatre aficionados who'd qubble with that, and tickets are cheaper for smaller shows. From the outside the Union looks rather like a cafe, and there is indeed a pleasant cafe and bar area that can just about accommodate its small audiences.