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

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.

Theatre, Musicals

Grindr: The Opera

icon-location-pin Above The Stag Theatre, South Lambeth
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Grindr has been a gamechanger for gay dating, and this new musical is inspired by all the pleasures and perils of app-based flirtation. It's back at Above the Stag after a fast-selling run last year. 

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Theatre, Comedy

My Dad's Gap Year

icon-location-pin Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
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This breezy (and very queer) new holiday comedy is a story of a father-son gap year in sunny Thailand. 'Eastenders' star Michelle Collins plays a woman whose husband sets off to help his gay son lose his virginity, as she goes on a voyage of self-discovery of her own. 'My Dad's Gap Year' is a new play by Tom Wright that premieres at Park Theatre, in a production directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair.

'No Kids' at Battersea Arts Centre
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Theatre, Drama

No Kids

icon-location-pin Battersea Arts Centre, Battersea
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Real-life same-sex couple George and Nir explore the difficult decision of whether or not to have kids in this nuanced show. From environmental worries to questions over surrogacy, they explore a chaotic tangle of challenges in energetic, witty style. 'No Kids' is produced by Bristol-based Theatre Ad Infinitum, and comes to Battersea Arts Centre after premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

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Theatre, Comedy

And The Rest Of Me Floats

icon-location-pin Bush Theatre, Shepherd's Bush
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Pop songs, dress-up, jokes and dance come together in this exploration of LGBT experiences by Outbox Theatre, the brains behind last year's well-received 'Affection'. They'll build on their experiences of life across the gender spectrum to create an anarchic devised show about refusing to conform.

Theatre, Drama

Gently Down The Stream

icon-location-pin Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
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Martin Sherman's 1979 play 'Bent' is a gay theatre landmark for its unstinting look at the persecution of homosexuals under the Nazi regime. He's in a more tender mood with his latest drama, which marks his 80th birthday. 'Gently Down The Stream' explores the romance between a retired American pianist and a younger man, a lawyer who's grown up in a more accepting world. Sean Mathias directs. 

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