The Pick Of London's Fringe Theatre In October

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The Pick Of London's Fringe Theatre In October

Besides bringing you reviews of all the big shows each month, we also want you to know about the best fringe fare out there: those smaller shows and plays with brief runs which also deserve a look. If you see one, please tell us what you thought of it in the comments below.

Life on Wheels is on at Jackson Lane. Details below

Slap @ Theatre Royal Stratford East (1-10 October)
Enter the world of Dominique, a transexual prostitute who juggles her life between a stalker client and a drug-addicted boyfriend. Expect a shocking, sexy and sometimes sweet play. £10

The Gastronomical Comedy @ The Cockpit (2-3 October)
Can theatre mix with... cookery? That's the challenge at the heart of this 75 minute long 'edible' play, inspired by The Divine Comedy. £10/£8

Sunset Boulevard @ Bridewell Theatre (6-10 October)
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical tells a Hollywood tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Everything starts when Norma Desmond, a silent movie star whose fame has evaporated meets struggling screen-writer Joe Gillis. Catch this version ahead of the megabudget Glenn Close revival at the ENO in 2016. £12.50-£17

The Great Gatsby @ Greenwich Theatre (6-10 October)
The seminal novel about the light and dark side of America's roaring 20s by F. Scott Fitzgerald is brought to stage by Blackeyed Theatre company. £16/£18.50

The Tempest @ London Theatre Workshop (7-24 October)
Shakespeare's final play gets reinvented by young company London Theatre Workshop and has cast six women in key roles (even though the original play had only one female character). £12/£9

Panti: High Heels in Low Places @ Soho Theatre (12-17 October)
Ireland's most beloved drag queen returns to the London stage with her long-awaited comedy show about gender equality and LGBT life — get your ticket before it's too late! £12.50-£20

Universally Speaking @ The Bread & Roses Theatre (13-17 October)
Five short pieces about contemporary life that capture the darkness of the second decade of the 21st century. £10/£8

Holy & Horny @ The Dudgale Centre, Enfield (15-16 October)
A one-woman show that celebrates spirituality and sensuality. Join actress and author Tonya Joy Bolton as she explores one woman’s struggle to remain holy despite being horny as hell. £16/£14

Edith & Margueritte is on at The Proud Archivist. Details below

Staging Ages @ The Place (16-17 October)
Five dancers aged 9-25 challenge the social perception of dance with this innovative show — expect a mix of humour, charm and convention-breaking. £16/£12

Raw @ Unicorn Theatre (16-17 October)
This production comes to London for the first time, presenting a unique dance show performed by both adults and children, focusing on both the process of growing up and becoming a parent. £8-£18

Shooting With Light @ New Diorama Theatre (20-24 October)
This play features a love story between Second World War refugees Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, whose lives where shaped by their common passion for photography. £14.50/£13.50

Edith & Margueritte @ The Proud Archivist (20-24 October)
The play reconstructs the last hours of life of both Edith Cavell and Mata Hari, both executed during for war crimes in the First World War. £7.50/£5

Life on Wheels @ Jackson Lane (21-24 October)
This theatrical circus show tells the story of two women whose past lives and loves are intertwined. Their acrobatic performance will be accompanied by 40s and 50s music. £12/£10

All That Lives @ Ovalhouse Theatre (21-24 October)
Discover the story of Henrietta Lacks, who died of cancer in Baltimore in 1951 and whose cells were preserved for medical research without her permission. £6/£5

Ghost Opera @ New Diorama Theatre (27-31 October)
Two strangers, both haunted by living ghosts in their everyday lives, come together to resist becoming that which haunts them. £13/£11.50

Image taken from Suspense Festival Facebook page.

Festivals

Casa Latin America Theatre Festival @ Barbican + Rich Mix (2-11 October)
Find out what Latin American theatre has to offer... without leaving London! A total of 10 shows will take place throughout the festival, accompanied by live events, debates and artist talks — check the full programme here. Tickets start from £12

Dance Umbrella London @ various venues across London (15-31 October)
Now in its 37th edition, this annual festival is the capital's most comprehensive event about contemporary dance. The programme includes a huge variety of shows as well as dance workshops and artists talks. Tickets start from £5

Kafka Festival @ JW3 (24-25 October)
The Jewish arts hub in Finchley dedicates an entire weekend to one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. There will be music, film screenings, theatre and family activities too — check what's on here. Tickets are £25 and give you access to two events each day  

Suspense Puppetry Festival @ Various venues across London (29 October-8 November)
In its fourth year, this festival celebrates the art of puppetry as a form of entertainment for adult audiences. Expect shadow play, object manipulation, marionettes and much more — check the full programme here. Tickets start from £10

Calm Down, Dear @ Camden People's Theatre (until 11 October)
This comprehensive look at feminist theatre has already yielded fun stuff such as Louise Orwin's A Girl And A Gun. That show finishes soon, but there's still a week of plays and shows to try.

Find more about what else is on by visiting Londonist’s Theatre & On Stage page where you'll find reviews, previews and more. We also have special offers on tickets

Last Updated 01 October 2015