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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.

Wife, Kiln Theatre
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Theatre, Drama

Wife

icon-location-pin Kiln Theatre, Kilburn
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Samuel Adamson’s time-hopping new play explores gay liberation and repression from 1959 to the present day, through the eyes of three different couples. 

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Theatre, Comedy

Afterglow

icon-location-pin Southwark Playhouse, Elephant and Castle
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This hit gay comedy from New York has raked in the megabucks with a winning combo of nuanced insights into non-monogamy and semi-clad sauce. It follows a married couple who invite a younger guy into their bedroom, and find their relationship starts to shed its inhibitions. S Asher Gelman's 'Afterglow' is staged at Southwark Playhouse, with director Tom O’Brien at the helm.

Matthew Brazier in 'Boy Toy' at Above the Stag Theatre
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Dance, Contemporary and experimental

Boy Toy

icon-location-pin Above The Stag Theatre, South Lambeth
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This saucy gay reimagining of ballet 'Coppelia' follows a guy who falls in love with a beautiful boy that he glimpses through a window. But the boy in question turns out to be an automaton, crafted by a mysterious inventor. Director and choreographer William Spencer's new ballet is funny, sexy take on classic comic ballet, set to jazzy music by Aaron Clingham. 

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Theatre, Musicals

Bare: A Pop Opera

icon-location-pin The Vaults, Waterloo
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Likely to appeal to 'Spring Awakening' fans, this sung-through pop musical is all about teen angst in a repressive boarding school, overseen by nuns. It follows two catholic schoolboys who fall in love with each other as they rehearse 'Romeo and Juliet', while their mates wrestle with an afterschool special's worth of issues (body image, drug use, sex and more) through the medium of catchy, rock and gospel-inspired pop songs. 

Theatre, Musicals

The View UpStairs

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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Max Vernon's new musical about a lost gay nightclub comes to Soho Theatre after a run Off-Broadway. ‘The View UpStairs’ is inspired by the story of a New Orleans gay bar that went up in flames in a deadly homophobic attack in 1973. It follows a 21st century fashion designer who buys the building, then gradually uncovers its history in a series of scenes that bring the singing, dragged-up world of its regulars to life. 

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