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Theaters not in West End


Many visitors to London assume that its theater scene is confined to the West End, within walking distance of Piccadilly Circus. But there are several other performing arts venues -- a few stops on the Underground from the center -- that produce first-class theater at prices well below those of the West End. The London Tourist Board has produced a guide listing 24 of them called "Beyond the West End Theater."

Among them are the Almeida and the King's Head in Islington, north ofcentral London, which have attracted such artists as Glenda Jackson, Claire Bloom and Kenneth Branagh. Many of the theaters listed produce new plays by new writers. Tickets are generally around $15 to $20, about half the cost of seats in major theaters.

The brochure is available from tourist information centers at Heathrow Airport and Victoria railroad station in London or by sending a self-addressed, business-size envelope to the British Tourist Authority, 40 W. 57th St., New York, N.Y. 10019.

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