PREVIEW: Three gay-themed plays to open in London

Brian Butler September 26, 2020

While the pubs must now shut at 10pm, the theatres are gradually opening one by one. And like the proverbial bus – after a famine –  along come three striking pieces of entertainment in south London venues next month .

The international hit musical revue Naked Boys Singing! Originally conceived by Robert Shrock, is directed in this revival by Carole Todd, with Aaron Clingham as MD. It launches a late night theatre season at Vauxhall’s Eagle Garden TheatreStarring Liam Asplen, Nick Brittain, Daniel Ghezzi, Kane Hoad, Daniel Noah and Jensen Tudtud, it boasts 15 original songs, tons of talent and no clothes!

From its sassy opening Garutitous Nudity, it’s been a worldwide crowd pleaser since its outing Off-Broadway where it ran from 1999 till lockdown in March. The show opens on 25 September, until 11 October but if the 2 previous Eagle shows are anything to go by, its run will be extended. Tickets here: 

Round the corner at Above The Stag Theatre in Vauxhall Eastenders star  Aaron Sidwell appears in the one-man outrageously camp comedy Buyer and Cellar by Jonathan Tolins. It’s directed by Andrew  Beckett who featured earlier this year in Gscene.  Alex, a struggling out of work actor finds himself working in Barbra Streisand’s basement, organising her legendary street of shops, full of her memorabilia, and open only to her .

It runs from 14 October for a very short run. Tickets at

Also in south London, the brand new theatre at Camberwell’s  Golden Goose presents the world premiere of Howerd’s End, starring Simon Cartwright as the closeted iconic comedian Frankie Howweerd  and Mark Farelly as Dennis Heymer, Howerd’s secret lover of over 30 years.

Farelly, who also wrote the piece, was outstanding at Brighton Fringe  2019 in his one-man show about another iconic gay man Quentin Crisp. The play runs from 27 to 31 October. Tickets at www.goldengoose/

All venues are following strict Covid- prevention measures and all have limited seating.

Three great treats in store in real-life physical theatre. Hooray !