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LGBTQ+ theatre in London

London's best lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans theatre shows

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Time Out London Theatre

London's thriving LGBTQ+ theatre scene means that you can see queer stories live on stage, any day of the week. Okay, there are just a few dedicated LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ lives, history and communities, beyond the stereotypes.

New and upcoming LGBT London shows

  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • Shaftesbury Avenue

This hit musical is a joyful and totally queer retelling of Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet'... without all the death and weird apothecary-related misunderstandings. You might not have heard of Max Martin, who penned its songs, but you certainly will have heard of his hits, including '...Baby One More Time', 'Roar', and 'Since U Been Gone'. They're used to tell the story of Juliet's post-Romeo adventures with her non-binary bestie May. 

  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • Regent’s Park

This super-pink, super-camp reimagining of 'Legally Blonde the Musical' offers an inclusive take on the original show, including a prominant role for non-binary performer Isaac Hesketh, who stars as Margot. 

  • Nightlife
  • Cabaret and burlesque
  • South Bank

One of the annual highlights of the National Theatre's River Stage (a month-long, mini-festival in the South Bank that pops up each summer) is The Glory's weekend take over. The iconic LGBTQ+ venue will be putting on an impressive programme of performances, parties and workshops hosted by Grande-Dames of drag and performance, Jonny Woo and John Sizzle. 

Expect highlights of their much-loved drag queen contest ‘LIPSYNC1000’, Glory DJ’s spinning tunes, ‘Drag Life Drawing’, sing and dance-a-longs and to celebrate 50 Years of Gay Pride leading Glory artists and DJ sets from its favourite club nights. Take me to the river! 

  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • West Brompton

Following on from solo film outings for iconic cartoon villains Maleficent and Cruella de Vil, here’s a rather different one for Ursula the Sea Witch. Nemesis to Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid’, Ursula the Sea Witch is celebrated in larky musical form in this show from Robyn Grant, Daniel Foxx and Tim Gilvin that raises her up as a queer, plus-sized icon. It’s presented by a present-day Ursula, giving us her own unique take on the events of over 30 years ago.

  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Islington

Mark Ravenhill's likeable ghost story centres on a queer woman who's haunted by a mysterious apparition as she stars in a fringe theatre show. It's a fitting tribute to the venue it sits in, King's Head Theatre, which has a long and noble lineage of staging LGBTQ+ shows.

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