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Off West End

Ah, the Off West End. For those not familiar with the term, this is where the real magic of the London theatre scene happens. Great shows are born here, in pubs, in 50-seat theatres, in tunnels. Recommended for the adventurous – we can’t get enough of it, and you’ll save a quid or two as well!

The Fix, New Union Theatre – Review

Credit: Darren Bell

Pros: Resplendent and enduring performances with an engaging narrative Cons:  The heat in the studio and additional seating affected comfort levels This summer sees the return of The Fix at Southwark’s New Union Theatre. Last seen at the theatre in 2012 before the Union Theatre moved into its new home (hence the change of name), the musical follows the drama and corruption of the Chandlers, a family that is determined – at all costs – to get their hands on the ...

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Waking Beauty, Ovalhouse – Review

Credit: Everything Theatre

Pros: At last a fairy tale to promote LGBTQ equality. Cons: Don’t expect elaborate set and costumes, but focus on the acting. Oval must be one of the cutest Underground stations in London. Coming up the escalator I was welcomed by classical music, pot plants and even a little shelf unit for the book exchange. A white board with the ‘thought of the day’ reminded me that every great action starts with a great dream and set the mood for ...

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Fabric, New Wimbledon Studio Theatre – Review

Credit: Everything Theatre

Pros: A brilliant script and a beautiful performance from Nancy Sullivan. Cons: Although intimate, the venue has a dark and airless atmosphere, which can sometimes be uncomfortable. London theatre never fails to surprise me. The latest shock is that the New Wimbledon Theatre has a studio! Like all good studio theatres it stands at the vanguard of new, innovative productions and Fabric is no exception. It tells the story of Leah (Nancy Sullivan) in a one woman, one act play ...

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I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking It On The Road, Jermyn Street Theatre – Review

Credit: Richard Lakos

Pros: Brilliant sound quality and excellent execution. I’d definitely watch this show again. Cons: In the intimacy of a 70-seat studio theatre, I was easily distracted by the obnoxious behaviour of a fellow spectator. Almost every night since 1994, the Jermyn Street Theatre has been welcoming around 70 people into an intimate space once used as a changing room by the staff of an adjacent restaurant. Listed on Google as a ‘tiny fringe theatre for plays & musicals’, this venue ...

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Cargo, Arcola Theatre  – Review

Credit: Mark Douet

Pros: A tense, thought-provoking story with strong, dedicated actors and a neatly crafted design. Cons: The studio is a small, claustrophobic space, which might unnerve some. Occasionally, the timeliness of a production not only has an effect on the play, but also on the audience; its content hits close to reality, making us stop and think. Tess Berry-Hart’s bold new drama Cargo, playing at the Arcola Theatre, does just that. Cargo is an 80-minute thriller, with no interval, presenting a portrait of ...

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