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 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 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 quibble with that, and tickets are cheaper for smaller shows. After its beginnings in a former warehouse, the Union recently moved to a new purpose-built venue just across the road. Built from two former railway arches, this theatre boasts a bigger performance space, and has upgraded the old Union cafe to a restaurant.
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