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LGBT theatre in London

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

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

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

icon-location-pin Apollo Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury Avenue
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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

Falsettos

icon-location-pin The Other Palace, Victoria
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Cult musical ‘Falsettos’ follows a gay father who sets up a household with both his ex-wife and his new lover. 

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Theatre, Musicals

The Green Fairy

icon-location-pin Union Theatre, Southwark
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Set in a gay pub, 'The Green Fairy' is a new musical about same-sex parenting and LGBTQ+ community. It's writers Jack Sain and Stephen Libby's debut show, after they met singing at open mic nights; appropriately, it starts out with a mother watching her daughter's pub singing debut, before delving into her past in '90s London.

Afterglow, Southwark Playhouse 2019
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Theatre, Comedy

Afterglow

icon-location-pin Waterloo East Theatre, Waterloo
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There are well-toned physiques galore in this gay age gap love story from New York.

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Theatre, Drama

Jerker

icon-location-pin King's Head Theatre, Islington
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Robert Chesley’s 1986 play uses dirty phonecalls to tell a story of sexuality during the AIDS epidemic. 'Jerker' explores the importance of honesty in the face of stigma. It's staged at King's Head Theatre, in a production directed by Ben Anderson.

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Theatre, Musicals

Soho Cinders

icon-location-pin Charing Cross Theatre, Covent Garden
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This festive musical by Stiles and Drewe offers a gay, satirical spin on the Cinderella story. 'Soho Cinders' follows a poor student who gets swept into the orbit of a politician who's running for London Mayor. It first premiered in 2012, and has had regular Christmas runs since then. This latest revival at Charing Cross Theatre is directed by Will Keith, and has a 16-strong cast who'll bring the characters and scandals of Soho to life. 

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Escape from Planet Trash, Sink the Pink
Sink the Pink: Escape from Planet Trash
Theatre, Panto

Escape from Planet Trash

icon-location-pin Pleasance Theatre, Holloway
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Over the last few years, superfun queer collective Sink the Pink has carved out a neat line in very alternative Christmas shows, starting with mere pantos, building to last year’s somewhat terrifying opus ‘How to Catch a Krampus’. ‘Escape from Planet Trash’ is the notional follow up to ‘…Krampus’, and part two of a projected ‘queer Christmas trilogy’.

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