Stars to appear in West End gala for Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline

Besi Besemar May 4, 2017

Actor Mark Gatiss, a patron of the national Switchboard, LGBT+ helpline is to appear alongside twenty other performers in a one-night West End gala presentation of the true-life coming-out drama OUTINGS by Matthew Baldwin and Thomas Hescott as part of the Pride in London Festival.

Mark Gatiss
Mark Gatiss

Other cast members include comedians Zoe Lyons, Rob Deering, Andrew Doyle, Camille Ucan and Lizzie Roper, actors including Olivier Award winner Nichola McAuliffe and Whatsonstage Award nominee Ian Hallard, with further casting to be announced soon.

The production will be directed by Tony Award winner David Grindley with Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain (writer of trans drama Rotterdam) as associate director.

OUTINGS, the world’s first show based on coming-out stories premiered to huge acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, and has since delighted audiences on tour around the UK.

This powerful, funny and confessional collation of over 20 true-life tales was created by award-winning writers following an online campaign for submissions that was supported by Stephen Fry amongst many others.

Inspired by recent high-profile ‘comings out’ by stars of stage, screen and sports, the show celebrates the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people from around the world, exploring how they came out and what effect it has had on them.

Punchy, lucid and moving… Highly recommended….. The Guardian

An impressive production.. Extraordinary….. The Observer

Life-affirming….. The Arts Desk

All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the national Switchboard LGBT+ helpline charity.

Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through Instant Messaging. The charity was founded in 1974 and was formerly known as Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.

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The Pride in London Festival runs from June 24 to July 9, in partnership with, showcasing some of the most inspiring talents and celebrating diversity in the LGBT+ communities. It includes theatre, dance, talks, conferences, LGBT+ tours, art and much more.

Event: Gala performance of OUTINGS with Mark Gatiss

Where: Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

When: Monday, June 26

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: From £25

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