London is bound to be the favourite destination of theatre lovers all over the world. The city boasts dozens of major theatres with most of them housed in the West End, the buzzing entertainment district of London that vies the best metropolitan cities in the world when it comes to celebrating colourful nightlife. Theatres in West End are commercial venues attracting comedy and serious drama lovers. Non-commercial or subsidized category features some of the biggest and most popular theatres in the city including The Globe, The Royal Theatre and the National Theatre.
The British capital takes pride in its vibrant fringe scene that also features names, such as The UCL Bloomsbury, Tricycle Theatre and The Palace. The ‘Fringe’ is the term used to refer to small scale theatres in London. Most of such establishments are housed above pubs. These are like New York’s Off-Broadway.
The fringe theatre scene in London has developed its own identity and a sense of purpose. This has resulted in making theatres outside the commercial stream more vibrant than ever. Such is the effect that since 2010, the city has been celebrating the London Festival Fringe every year.
The last week of January saw the Off West End awards announcing its final shortlist that features a considerable number of fringe theatres. Potential visitors may check the schedule of the various plays to be hosted at London’s fringe theatres to plan their itinerary accordingly. Here are a few of them:
- 11 Feb 2012 – NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH by Alan Ayckbourn at Richmond Theatre
- 12 Feb 2012 – BRIDGE, THE by Harry Denford at London Theatre New Cross
- 18 Feb 2012 – TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare at New Diorama Theatre
- 25 Feb 2012 – BLOODY POETRY by Howard Brenton at Jermyn Street Theatre