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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, 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, Comedy

Queereteria TV

icon-location-pin Above The Stag Theatre, South Lambeth
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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.

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Theatre, Drama

Tumulus

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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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. 

Theatre, Drama

The Amber Trap

icon-location-pin Theatre 503, Battersea
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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.

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Theatre, Experimental

Hotter

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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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.

Theatre, Drama

Bottom

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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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. 

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Theatre, Drama

This Island's Mine

icon-location-pin King's Head Theatre, Barnsbury
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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.

Theatre, Drama

Out of Water

icon-location-pin Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
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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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