Book tickets to the latest Off-West End shows in London
London’s vibrant theatre scene isn’t limited to the West End. All across the capital, theatres welcome audiences to the newest London shows, often showcasing daring works and lesser-known stories to theatregoers of all ages and identities. Many buzzy West End shows in London come from Off-West End theatres too: The Doctor opened at the Almeida Theatre and COCK premiered at the Royal Court, to name a couple. So if you visit an Off-West End theatre, you may be able to say you were in the early audiences of a sell-out West End hit.
Discover a variety of musicals, plays, and entertainment in London at Off-West End theatres today. See new works by acclaimed writers and witness Olivier-winning performers up close in smaller, intimate venues. There’s a show for everyone in London, so why not discover a new favourite show in London’s Off-West End today?
Occasionally, Off-West End theatres house rarely performed shows. Southwark Playhouse, just a few minutes away from the West End, continues this trend by staging a lesser-known Stephen Sondheim musical, Anyone Can Whistle. The 1960s musical sees a town Mayoress fake a miracle in order to attract tourists to her town. Chaos ensues, and the townsfolk must do all they can to try and fix their problems, otherwise they’ll all be bankrupt. Alex Young leads the cast as Mayoress Cora Hooper Hoover in this Off-West End musical gem. Anyone Can Whistle is at Southwark Playhouse for just five weeks, so don’t miss out. “There Won’t Be Trumpets” once the show ends.
What is a “normal” family? What constitutes “typical” relationships? In The Fever Syndrome, playwright Alexis Zegerman explores family relationships from cradle to grave and beyond. The Fever Syndrome centres on professor Richard Myers, a IVF innovator who helped thousands of families go through successful IVF rounds, bringing babies into the world. But as new life is born, older people approach their final days. As Myers’s family celebrate his life, they debate who will inherit the family’s wealth and legacy, and new ideas are born. Robert Lindsay plays professor Richard Myers in this world premiere at the Hampstead Theatre.
To take a line from Sondheim’s Into the Woods, there are “giants in the sky.” It’s a sentiment that also applies to musical theatre composers such as Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand, and Stephen Sondheim. Maria Friedman honours the work and careers of a trio of musical legends in her concert series, aptly titled Legacy, at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The Olivier-winning actress sings iconic melodies such as “Nothing” from A Chorus Line, “Broadway Baby” from Follies, and “A Piece of Sky” from Yentl in this commemorative concert.
When a neighbourhood changes over time, is it because of the upheld attitudes of postcode wars? Or is a changing community a consequence of people that move into an area? Bruce Norris’s Pulitzer-winning drama explores the intertwined politics of race, real estate and clashing identities. At the start of Clybourne Park, audiences meet a Black family who moves into a predominantly white neighbourhood. Decades later, a white family moves into the same house, but all of the families living around them are people of colour. Are the issues different or the same? And more importantly, how do they play out?
Welcome to Scandaltown. It’s a fame-hungry world and state of mind where lies and power go hand in hand. Mike Bartlett’s latest play looks to Restoration comedy tropes with a 21st-century twist to get all of London talking. In Scandaltown, audiences meet Phoebe Virtue, a prestigious young woman who learns via Instagram that her brother is ruining her status. Getting likes proves tricky for those in Scandaltown, but it’ll be easy to like this new play at Lyric Hammersmith in spring 2022.
Think you know every Jane Austen story? Think again. The Jane Austen-inspired improvisational comedy Austentatious returns to London’s Leicester Square Theatre. During the show, cast members ask audiences to create their own stories, and the company will give it a Regency twist. Could you watch the next Pride and Prejudice? No two shows are the same, so visit time and time again for a historical musical whirlwind.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s scandalous, provocative designs shook up the fashion world. He created Madonna’s conical bra. His striking runway looks continue to impact high street fashion. And his theatre show, Fashion Freak Show, is set to shake up London’s theatre scene in summer 2022. Fashion Freak Show explores Gaultier’s life and career and how he become a world-renowned designer. Over 50 years of history and pop culture are wrapped up in one scintillating evening. If you’re a fan of London cabarets, step inside the Roundhouse for a Fashion Freak Show to remember.
The Underbelly Festival in London returns in 2022. The Underbelly Festival will take place in two locations across London. Whether you’re in the West End or Earl’s Court, experience world-class cabaret and Off-West End theatre on your doorstep.
The Underbelly Festival in Cavendish Square begins with the trailblazing cabaret La Clique from 13 May – 3 July. There’s also Friday night comedy from the London Comedy Allstars from 6 May – 29 July. Or if you want to see international talent, check out award-winning Australian cabaret performers YUMMY with their newest show, ICONIC, from 5 – 31 July.
The Underbelly Festival in Earls Court begins with Circus Abyssinia: Tulu from 24 May – 18 June. If you’re a Disney fan, you’ll want to see The Little Mermaid parody, Unfortunate, from 21 June – 16 July.