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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Incident At Vichy
Arthur Miller's best known for mega-hits like 'A View From the Bridge' and 'The Crucible', but his long playwrighting career also took in wartime drama 'Incident at Vichy'. It's an exploration of how Jews were treated in wartime France, at the hands of...Drama Tuesday March 28 2017 - Saturday April 22 2017
A poor ballet dancer and a rich French nobleman fall in love in T. W. Robertson's 1867 comedy - and needless to say, their families are outraged. This revival of 'Caste', directed by Charlotte Peters, is a chance to see an acclaimed and rarely staged...Drama Sunday April 2 2017 - Tuesday April 18 2017
A teenager commits suicide. Then, a year on, his mother and father try to understand what happened by sitting down with the boy who bullied him and his bewildered parents. 'Late Company' is set at a fraught dinner party. It's Canadian playwright Jordan...Drama Tuesday April 25 2017 - Saturday May 20 2017
Everything Between Us
Two estranged sisters battle their way through the violent world of Northern Irish politics in this UK premiere of David Ireland's drama. Their struggle to understand each other offers a darkly funny, nuanced look at whether reconciliation is possible....Contemporary theatre Sunday April 30 2017 - Tuesday May 16 2017
Songs In The Key Of Cree
A programme of songs from five of his own musicals, Rose, The Incredible Adventures Of Mary Jane Mosquito, The (Post) Mistress, The Sage, The Dancer, And The Fool, plus his latest, as yet unnamed work, are performed by the Canadian composer, Tomson Highway....Cabaret and standards Saturday May 6 2017
A teacher's life is destroyed by one of her pupils. Now, ten years later, he's back, and says he wants a reconciliation. Matt Parvin's debut full-length play 'Jam' is set on one intense evening, where the two thrash out their shared history. Tommo Fowler...Drama Tuesday May 23 2017 - Saturday June 17 2017
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