SPOTLIGHT ON : Three Queer Theatre Seasons Hit London

Brian Butler July 19, 2021

An astonishing array of Queer theatre is coming our way this Summer in London . Three venues are offering a wide variety of comedy and serious drama as well as cabaret.

The King’s Head, Islington, has its annual  Queer season running from 27 July to 21 August . The season kicks off with domestic drama All That for the full season at various times. Other highlights include:

Wilde Without The Boy runs 28-31 July at 9pm. A window into the bruised but radiant life of Queer playwright Oscar Wilde through one of the most famous love letters ever written. Performed by Gerard Logan.

After The Silence  ( 1/2 August at 7pm ) Two best friends, one night in Soho – what happens when  the music stops?

Mating In Captivity ( 3-7 August 9pm) . It’s Annie and Rob’s wedding night , but Jacob, Rob’s ex , needs a place to crash.

Death And Dancing (10-14 August, 9pm ) He and She are both called Max , undergraduates fresh on London’s Queer scene, unsure who they are or what they want to be.

Tell Me Straight ( 17-21 August at 9pm). Dani is done with Him and his bullshit. The result is explosive.

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South of the river at Vauxhall, Above The Stag is running Not The Edinburgh Fringe with a strong Queer element. Its been put together by Tim McArthur .

Highlights include:

Keith Ramsay: Eve ( all about her ) . Co-conceived by Keith and Matt Ryan, it fuses spoken word with live music to deconstruct the concept of camp. ( 23 July )

Ryan Lane Will Be There In a Minute is an exploration of what it means to be Welsh and Queer . ( 29 and 31 July).

Maggie Macall , The Broadway Bitch Is Back presents Dame Maggie, star of Broadway, Hollywood and the yoga mat . ( 29 and 31 July ).

The Establishment Versus Sidney Harry Fox ( 30/31 July / 1 August). In 1930 a young Gay man was hanged for the murder of his mother in a Margate hotel room. But was justice done? A true story.

Alexa Vox – Leading Ladies of Broadway ( 1 August ). A celebration of Broadway and Theatreland’s Queens – Sondheim to Schwartz, Minelli to Fosse .

Queefy ( 4 august). A night to come and be Queer as F*ck and join the Queerdo family.

The A-Z Of Gay Sex ( 5, 7, 8 August ). Do you know your top from your bottom? Your sadist from your masochist? Or are you strictly Sapiosexual? All will be revealed .

Dragprov ( 13/14 August). A drag King and Queen improvise – a night of sequins, spoofs and salaciousness – from audience suggestions.

Sister Mary’s Sunday Service ( 15 and 29 August). No pulpit, no psalms, no prayers- she’s not that kind of nun.

Jarman ( 19 and 21 August). Film maker, painter, activist, writer – Derek Jarman: a life story untold until now – brought to life by Mark Farrelly.

Jack Hoosie and The Leisure Groan – an outrageous dark comedy about a Gay sauna in 1990’s Yorkshire , threatened by the arrival of the Internet. Written and performed by Gareth Edward ( 27-29 August) . This show is also at the Water Rats as part of Camden Fringe from 2-4 August.

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The Garden Theatre, which broke ground as an outdoor pop-up venue last Summer in Vauxhall,  now crosses the river to a new pop-up venue in St Gabriel’s Halls in  Pimlico with 4 mostly Queer offerings.

First up is a sexy all-male modern ballet based on Delibes’  Coppelia, revamped to modern-day Soho.It’s partnered with a piece to the music of Tchaikovsky – The Supermarket Suite .( 3-6 and 12-14 August )

Bleach – Tyler screws his way through London at night, selling himself for money. But on a fully-booked Saturday night , Tyler’s bubble is about to burst . A  one-man show about sex, violence and city living, written and performed by Dan Ireland- Reeves ( 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 , 10 and 11 August at various times).

Happy Ending is a comedy by Ronnie Larsen. A gay man, a straight man and a massage table -what can possibly go wrong? Find out the naked truth. (9 -14August, various times ).

And finally.. Afternoon Arias is curated and accompanied on piano by David Eaton. Sit back on a summer afternoon, sipping bubbles and listening to some of he finest operatic arias ever written ( 1-8 August at 3pm ).

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