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Men are easy to please. There’s one way to their hearts and that’s through the stomach, as they say. Gay men are easier to please. Give us six guys, sans clothing, in towels for an hour and a half of high campery and a closing Full Monty flash o’ dick and you’ve got a heap of wet seats at the Above The Stag Theatre to clean up.


Bathhouse The Musical returns to the UK’s only dedicated, full time LGBT theatre for another run. Last summer’s show averaged 88% full houses, playing 38 shows to 2,180 people. (That’s a lot of erections by final curtain of closing night!)

The plot is simple as they come: two lads go in search of love, be it something more long term or a more ephemeral experience and find each other in the hedonistic steamy world of the gay sauna. What follows is a rollercoaster of song and dance, played to live tinkling of pianist (yes, as in piano, ya dirty bugger) Aaron Clingham.

The musical numbers are hilarious, and the dance routines entertainingly ridiculous. You haven’t experienced true camp hilarity until you’ve seen six white guys in rainbow-coloured sequined towels sing gospel. (Well, sing gospel as only white boys can sing gospel… with all the perfectly prim pronunciation of a hearty English upbringing!)

The ticket price alone is worth watching out for the hunky Matthew Harper deliver his high kicks. (We counted five flashes of cock. Ahem.) Once again, Above The Stag delivers another dose of dazzling queer colour to Vauxhall.


• Above The Stag Theatre, Arch 17, Miles Street, Vauxhall, SW8 1RZ. Runs to Sunday 29th March. 

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