New and upcoming LGBT London shows
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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