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8 venues to see the best theatre away from the West End


8 venues to see the best theatre away from the West End

Looking to see a ground-breaking piece of theatre, but want to stay away from the West End? Escape to the quieter corners of the capital and see a production at an off-West End theatre. Some theatres may be on busier streets in the city, but head into a brand new, theatrical world with tickets to shows at locations you may have never considered.

Off-West End theatres you need to visit

The Other Palace

Where is The Other Palace?

The Other Palace is located on Palace Street (SW1E 5JA). The closest train station is Victoria, a 5-minute walk from the venue which is also close to the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

What shows are at The Other Palace?

Productions at The Other Palace are typically brand new shows, with 2019 continuing this pattern. Don’t miss out on the London premiere of Falsettos, starring Daniel Boys and Natasha J. Barnes. Winning 2 Tony Awards, the musical follows a family as they try to maintain positive in New York during the AIDS crisis.

When a young woman named Amélie acts in a benevolent manner to those around her, the streets of Paris are filled with joy. But, as she begins to fall in love, her happiness comes at a great price. Believe in the charming, mysterious Amélie at The Other Palace, as imaginative dreams come to life.

The Vaults

Where is The Vaults?

The Vaults are located at Leake Street (SE1 7NN). The closest train station is Waterloo, a 2 minute walk from the venue.

What shows are at The Vaults?

Based on the true story of an African-American girl who aspires to become a writer, Shida receives its London premiere at The Vaults. Set to a soulfully contagious score of rock, jazz, R&B, and gospel music, enjoy Shida’s powerful, funny, and inspirational story, performed by Jeannette Bayardelle.

Hailed by the New York Times as ‘divinely funny’, join Zoe Lyons as God in the European premiere of David Javerbaum’s An Act of God. Adapted for a British audience, join God as they update the ten commandments for the modern day.

Experience the magic of Cinderella at the Vaults this Christmas, as the pantomime classic is set in a Great British pub. Hailed as a ‘festive godsend’ by The Stage, join Prince Charming and the Ugly Stepsisters like you’ve never seen before, as Cinderella is transformed in a world where love and hate collide.

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Where is Theatre Royal Stratford East?

Theatre Royal Stratford East is located at Gerry Raffles Square (E15 1BN). The closest train station is Stratford, just a short walk from the venue.

What shows are at Theatre Royal Stratford East?

In 1981 at Kibeho College in Rwanda, a young girl claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary who warned her of the unimaginable: Rwanda becoming hell on earth in Our Lady of Kibeho.

Slurping into the theatre next year, The Gift looks at the political, social and cultural importance of a cup of tea.

Written and directed by Nadia Fall, Welcome to Iran follows a young woman who travels to Iran to learn more about her identity. Swept into political upheaval, will she be able to understand her past?

The theatre turns into the newest boxing ring in Sucker Punchlast performed in 2010 at the Royal Court. As two young, black men are drawn to the sport, their lives take different paths as they uppercut their way to the top.

Menier Chocolate Factory

Where is the Menier Chocolate Factory?

The Menier Chocolate Factory is located on Southwark Street (SE1 1RU). The closest train stations are London Blackfriars and London Bridge, both ten minutes from the venue. Northern and Jubilee Line underground services are available at London Bridge tube station, with District and Circle lines available at London Blackfriars.

What shows are at Menier Chocolate Factory?

Based on an incomplete novel by Jane Austen, Laura Wade’s The Watsons will receive its London premiere at the Menier. Following a young woman who faces a decision between marriage or poverty, witness how Laura Wade ties the strings of a centuries-old tale together.

Charing Cross Theatre

Where is the Charing Cross Theatre?

Charing Cross Theatre is located on Villiers Street (WC2N 6NL). The closest train station is Charing Cross, a one-minute walk from the venue. Bakerloo and Northern Lines are available from Charing Cross, with District and Circle lines available at Embankment station located near the venue.

What shows are at Charing Cross Theatre?

Celebrating London’s most colourful district and mixing politics, sex-scandals and true love, Soho Cinders is a deliciously naughty musical update of the Cinderella story with an infectious score that you’ll be humming past midnight!

Lyric Hammersmith

Where is Lyric Hammersmith?

The Lyric Hammersmith is an off-West End theatre located on King Street (W6 0QL). The closest train station is West Brompton, which is a 30-minute walk away. However, if you’re taking the tube, the theatre is close by to Hammersmith tube station, served by the Circle, District, Hammersmith and City and the Piccadilly lines.

What shows are at Lyric Hammersmith?

Based on Stanisław Lem’s 1960s science fiction novel, Solaris is a psychological thriller where other-worldly forces collide. David Greig’s adaptation of Solaris sees science and theatre orbit each other, with three spacemen on a space station who have to confront their fears.

Over the Christmas period, the Lyric Hammersmith will be ready for a grand ball at Cinderella. Dust off your carriage, put on your smart outfits and be whisked away to a whole new world, where pumpkins and mice can be turned into treats so nice!

Award-winning playwright Chris Bush reimagines the Faust myth to explore what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness, and the legacy that we leave behind.

Witness the Faust myth portrayed on stage – but not as you know it. Caroline Byrne directs award-winning playwright Chris Bush’s radical new work, as Faustus becomes a woman who changes the course of history in Faustus – That Damned Woman.

Join a family as their ideals oppose one another at Love, Love, LoveA scathing look at opposing values of different generations, personal and generational politics come together in a heartfelt comedy play that resonates to today.

In an epic tale of humanity versus leadership, the ancient Greek tale of Antigone will be performed at the off-West End venue in 2020. Said to have been written over two thousand years ago, the story of Antigone resonates with audiences today.

The Roundhouse

Where is the Roundhouse?

The Roundhouse is located on Chalk Farm Road (NW1 8EH). Northern line tube services are available from Chalk Farm, with Kentish Town as the nearest rail station; both train stations close by to the venue.

Iris Theatre

Where is the Iris Theatre?

The Iris Theatre is at St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street (WC2E 9ED). The closest train station is Charing Cross, a five-minute walk from the venue. Bakerloo and Northern Lines are available from Charing Cross, with Piccadilly line tube services available from Covent Garden station.

Want to read about more off-West End venues to experience a night of unforgettable live entertainment? Visit Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to see productions during their summer seasons from May to September 2019.

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