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Layton Williams in 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'
© Johan Persson Layton Williams in 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

LGBT theatre in London

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

By Time Out London Theatre

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.

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie
© Johan Persson

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Theatre Drama Apollo Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury Avenue

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.

& Juliet

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

This jukebox musical is stuffed full of songs by '90s hitmonger Max Martin, who wrote for queer icons from Britney to Backstreet Boys to Pink. And there are plenty of nods to its LGBTQ+ audience, too; it spruces up its source, Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', by adding in non-binary and queer characters.   

Isabelle Huppert, The Glass Menagerie, Barbican, 2020
Photograph: Carole Belaiche

The Glass Menagerie

Theatre Drama Barbican Centre, Barbican

The second Ivo van Hove production in the 2020 Barbican season sees the Belgian great tackle Tennessee Williams’s dreamy early masterpiece ‘The Glass Menagerie’. And his French-language production (aka ‘La Ménagerie de verre’) with the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe boasts quite the star: the great Isabelle Huppert – herself no stranger to the Barbican – returns to play monstrously deluded matriarch Amanda, whose suffocating love has cursed her children: angry, gay Tom and painfully delicate Laura.  Performed in English with French surtitles.


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