New and upcoming LGBT London shows
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.
This post-apocalyptic queer comedy follows a gaggle of men who take over a TV station and broadcast from the wreckage of a former cruising hotspot. The show's star is enigmatic polysexual entertainer Torsten, who's played by Andy Bell, of Erasure fame. 'Queereteria TV' is getting its premiere at Above the Stag Theatre alongside a concept album of the same name. It's created by Barney Ashton-Bullock and Christopher Frost, and directed by Robert McWhir.
This new thriller opens with the discovery of a man's body on Hampstead Heath. At first, he's assumed to be a casualty of London's chemsex scene, but a second death plunges this play's protagonist Anthony into a hunt for the truth. Christopher Adams' play transfers to Soho Theatre after a run at Vault Festival last year, and includes post-show discussions with sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street and addiction-focused theatre company Outside Edge.
Katie and her girlfriend are happy working together at their local cornershop. And then Michael arrives. 'The Amber Trap' is Tabitha Mortiboy’s follow-up to her warmly-reviewed debut 'Beacons', and explores the impact of the male gaze on women, and gay women in particular.
Two young women talk, lip-sync and dance their way through a queer-inclusive exploration of sex at every age in this hit fringe show 'Hotter'. Best friends Ell and Mary have interviewed people aged 11 to 93 to explore what makes them blush and sweat - and turned the results into a joyful dance party with a bouncy pop soundtrack.
Willy Hudson's hilarious solo show 'Bottom' is a rough-around-the-edges narrative of gay sexual stereotypes within the gay community, and what it's like to feel like an outsider. Back at Soho Theatre this spring, it's a semi-autobiographical mix of honest storytelling, audience interaction, songs, and Beyoncé fanboying.
Philip Osment's 1988 drama is a multi-strand story of gay life under Thatcher. Originally staged by groundbreaking company Gay Sweatshop, it follows a runaway teenage boy, an office worker who's sacked for his sexuality, and a woman whose son struggles to accept her female partner. Philip Wilson directs this revival of 'This Island's Mine' at King's Head Theatre, over three decades after it first premiered.
Zoe Cooper is following up her warmly-received play 'Jess and Joe Forever' with this new story of wild swimming and gender fluidity. Claire and her wife Kit move to the coast to have a baby, but end up meeting Fish, a student who makes them question ideas of identity. Guy Jones directs.
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