There is a wealth of fringe and local theatre to explore in London. We define fringe broadly, virtually anything but the big West End names. So we may go to the Young Vic as well as the Gatehouse. The Off West End website lists about a hundred venues, so there is a lot to see in pubs and halls as well as theatres proper. There is a wide range of genres to delve into from the classics to musicals, drama to pantomime, dance to comedy.
We will aim for lower prices (£12-£30-ish), and the idea is that members buy their own tickets beforehand (otherwise it gets complicated) from a programme we will send out well in advance. We will meet in the theatre bar or a nearby cafe or pub, and maybe stay to chat afterwards.
Members who are interested in West End theatre productions should join the Theatre Visits – West End Group.
☐ When: This will depend on what we decide to see, with a leaning towards Mondays and Tuesdays, usually in the evenings with some matinées.
Group conveners: Gill Shiel and Jane Saunders
To join the group please complete the contact form below. This form may also be used to contact the Convener on all matters relating to the Group.
24 July 2019
Tricity Vogue’s All Girl Swing Band, at Wilton’s Music Hall
5 August 2019
▪︎ Evita at the Open Air Theatre at Regents Park.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical based on the life of Eva Peron.
29 August 2019
▪︎ Appropriate at the Donmar
30 September 2019
▪︎ Mother of Him at the Park Theatre
10 October 2019
▪︎ Vassa at the Almeida
Review of past productions
Seventeen of the Fringe Theatre Group gathered at the back of the Maynard Arms on Thursday 31 January 2019 to talk about anything theatre related. We chatted about what we have seen and what we could see in the future, thank you to all who came for all your suggestions and constructive input.
We have now seen four productions in four different venues. Our first production was The Sweet Science of Bruising at the Southwark Playhouse, a tale of four women who entered the Victorian sub culture of boxing. Those of us who saw it all enjoyed the venue and the play and can recommend going to see it when it‘s on at Wilton’s Music Hall in June.
Our next production, on a very wet evening in November at the Kiln Theatre in Kilburn, was White Teeth, An adaptation of Zadie Smith’s book written in 2000. A very apt play for the newly refurbished theatre. The play was full of narrative and the actors were very versatile, taking on different character roles.
In December, on yet again a wet evening, we met in a very busy pub before going to Jermyn Street Theatre to see Burke and Hare. For those that have never been to this theatre, it’s a small basement theatre in the West End, so small it doesn’t have a bar and the toilets are behind the stage. This is a story about two scheming men who decided to enter the world of body snatching for financial gain. Nearly all of us found it entertaining and a bit of fun before Xmas. One of our party joined the cast as a “Dead Body”, she played her part so well that I overheard people deliberating as to whether she was officially part of the cast.
In January, the group yet again braved the elements, (I think there’s a pattern emerging here), this time it wasn’t rain but snow and went to see In Lipstick at the Pleasance. They all agreed that the venue was brilliant and buzzing. The play’s plot was confusing but well acted.
We have a varied programme planned for the next few months including a couple of matinées. Please keep the suggestions coming for future productions that might be of interest to the group.
By Jane Saunders