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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Run The Beast Down
People who in live in cities have different relationships with foxes to those who don’t. We see them more often. We’re less fazed when we walk past them at night. And who hasn’t been kept up by the sound of them at night? Titas Halder’s bizarre one-man,...Experimental Saturday February 25 2017
I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
This off-Broadway hit comedy by Halley Feiffer is about a tumultuous father-daughter relationship. Ella is an actress who's determined to do her playwright father proud, but neither of them can save the drama for the stage. Directed by Jake Smith.Comedy Tuesday February 28 2017 - Saturday March 25 2017
You're Human Like The Rest Of Them
Novelist and playwright B. S. Johnson is mostly forgotten today, but he was hailed as a visionary in post-war Britain. Carla Kingham directs this revival of three of his short plays: 'You're Human Like the Rest of Them', 'Down Red Lane', and 'Not Counting...Drama Sunday March 5 2017 - Tuesday March 21 2017
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...Sunday April 2 2017 - Tuesday April 18 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
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