LGBT theatre in London

Your guide to the best LGBT theatre shows around London
By Time Out London Theatre |
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London's thriving LGBT+ theatre scene means that you can see queer stories live on stage, any day of the week. Okay, there are just a few dedicated LGBT+ performance venues in the city, including gay theatre hubs Above the StagRoyal Vauxhall Tavern and the King's Head.

But we've helped you out by tracking down some of the best LGBT+ shows at theatres across London. Expect everything from genre-smashing queer cabaret to lesbian romance to gay theatre classics to explorations of trans experience. Here's the low-down on the shows that are exploring LGBT+ lives, history and communities, beyond the stereotypes.

New and upcoming LGBT London shows

Theatre, Musicals

Kinky Boots

icon-location-pin Adelphi Theatre, Charing Cross
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Who knew that all we need to revive Britain's manufacturing fortunes was a little sprinkle of drag glamour? 'Kinky Boots' is a hit musical about a shoe factory that learns to tap into the drag queen market. With songs by longstanding LGBT ally Cyndi Lauper, the West End doesn't get much gayer than this.

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie
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Theatre, Drama

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

icon-location-pin Apollo Shaftesbury, Piccadilly Circus
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This homegrown musical about a teenage drag queen was a tidy hit for the Sheffield Crucible earlier this year. And now it's London's turn to enjoy it as it transfers down to the West End, complete with original star John McCrea. It's a peppy, lovable exploration of what it's like to be an outsider, with songs by Dan Gillespie Sells of pop band The Feeling.

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Theatre, Drama

The Inheritance

icon-location-pin Noël Coward Theatre, Covent Garden
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An epic two-part-play about gay life in New York City based upon the EM Forster's ‘Howard's End’: Matthew Lopez’s new play ‘The Inheritance’ sounds like a sort of more genteel spiritual successor to 'Angels in America', set in the post-Aids generation. The plays themselves – described as 'hilarious and profound' – take in a myriad voices to ask what has survived of the communities of the past now that most of the fears of the past have been cured or conquered? Stephen Daldry directs.

The cast of 'A Pair of Pantos'
Photography: Rosie Powell
Theatre, Panto

A Pair of Pantos

icon-location-pin Canada Water Culture Space, Rotherhithe
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Pantomime has a long history of fooling around with gender (think panto dames and principal boys) but its approach isn't generally all that subtle. 'A Pair of Pantos' brings 21st century queer positivity to a time-honoured genre, using a cast of trans and non-binary performers to tell two classic panto stories. Written and directed by Hester Chillingworth. 

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Theatre, Musicals

Hot Gay Time Machine

icon-location-pin Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall
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This (very, very gay) cabaret night is full of '90s pop songs and fierce dance routines. Its hosts Zak and Toby lead the audience on a journey through gay rites of passage, and poke fun at stereotypes.

Theatre, Drama

Bottom

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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Willy Hudson's hilarious solo show 'Bottom' comes to Soho Theatre over Christmas, in a refreshing antidote to twee festive fare. It's a rough-around-the-edges narrative of stereotypes within the gay community, mixed with audience interaction, songs, and Beyoncé fanboying. 

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