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The best LGBTQIA+ gay theatre shows and gay plays in London can be found at the following venues and if you’d like to purchase theatre tickets then please click on the link to the Theatre where you’ll find theatre tickets. 

Best Gay LGBTQ+ Queer Theatre in London for June 2024 onwards:

Divas London at Sway Cabaret 26 April – 21 June 2024

We’re massive diva fans. Divas The Party offers a live all-singing and all-dancing celebration of the world’s greatest Diva Powerhouses, including tributes to Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Cher, Celine Dion, and London’s home-bred talents like Amy Winehouse – classic DIVA anthems such as “I Want To Dance With Somebody”“I’m Every Woman”“If I Could Turn Back Time”, and many more. The show features comedy tributes and dazzling costumes which ensures a fabulous night out. You can enjoy the show on the Thames Embankment on a static mooring in a setting that offers stunning views on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Discount tickets available from £10.


Sway Cabaret, 61 – 65 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5BZ

Queer play version of Twelfth Night at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London.

Twelfth Night at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 3 May – 8 June 2024

Olivia’s is a fading cabaret venue on the Mediterranean coast. Twelfth Night at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre examines the idea of found family and features a drag queen, Sir Toby Belch, and cabaret-singing Olivia. This is a fantastic queered-up version of Shakespeare’s comedy—a comedy of mistaken identities and a glorious celebration of love.


Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Queen Mary’s Garden, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NU, United Kingdom.

Drag Baby is a bit of drag performance and queer theatre at Pleasance Theatre in London.

Drag Baby at Pleasance Theatre, 4 – 22 June 2024

A compelling blend of drag performance and theatre, Drag Baby follows the lives of a misanthropic drag queen called Dan and his long-estranged ex-girlfriend, Sally, who reappears in his life to make an all-important request. The pair then rekindle their friendship as Dan decides whether or not to be Sally and her girlfriend’s sperm donor. This heart-warming story is sprinkled with outrageously entertaining drag and a hilarious narrative that tells the story of friendship, legacy, and chosen family. 


Pleasance Theatre Downstairs, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF, United Kingdom.

Grills is a play with a lesbian theme at Camden Peoples' Theatre.

GRILLS at Camden Peoples’ Theatre, 4 – 24 June 2024

Between 1987 and 1995, the Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group operated from Euston. GRILLS is a new theatre production and interactive installation that delves into the pioneering efforts of the UK’s only specialised Lesbian centre. The show features archived materials, imagined relationships, actual demonstrations, and the queer joy discovered through uncovered artefacts.


Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2PY, United Kingdom.

Diva at King's Head Theatre

Diva: Live From Hell! at King’s Head Theatre, 4 – 29 June 2024

Following a critically acclaimed, sell-out run at the Turbine Theatre, Luke Bayer takes the stage, delivering a tour-de-force performance in this blood-stained love letter to Broadway, a solo musical that delves into the depths of rivalry, vengeance, and killer ambition. Desmond Channing, the president of the drama club and star of every school show, has always basked in the spotlight. But when a rival student, the hotshot transfer from New York, Evan Harris, challenges his throne, the drama escalates. Now stuck in the ‘Seventh Circle’, Hell’s most squalid cabaret venue, Desmond is forced to relive his disturbing tale of woe. As we join him for the one-millionth consecutive show, Desmond performs with a desperate vigour, hoping to prove he’s repented and can be freed from this eternal, campy torment! Diva will have you laughing hysterically and lusting for revenge. “This should not be missed” – The Guardian.

A powerful and dynamic performance in this one person musical.


King’s Head Theatre, Islington Square, 116 Upper St, The Angel, London N1 1AB, United Kingdom.

96 Festival at Clapham Omnibus Theatre is a celebration of queer theatre and LGBTQ+ plays.

96 Festival at Omnibus Theatre, 4 June – 13 July 2024

Get ready for the 9th annual 96 Festival, a fantastic celebration of queerness and theater all under one roof! The festival will take place at the Omnibus Theatre and will feature a dazzling lineup of artists showcasing theater, comedy, cabaret, music, art, and activism. This year’s festival pays tribute to the iconic Pride party that took place on Clapham Common in 1996. Click to check out the exciting program for this year’s festival.


Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside, London SW4 0QW, United Kingdom.

Moffie at Riverside Studios is a gay play about a gay man in the South African army.

Moffie at Riverside Studios, 5 June to 30 June 2024

The world premiere stage adaptation of André Carl Van De Merwe’s autobiographical novel about his time as a conscript in South Africa’s apartheid-era military. ‘Moffie /ˈmɒfi/ is a South African slur for a gay man. The novel has been adapted intoa dramatic monologue performed by rising star Kai Luke Brümmer. Brümmer will reprise his role as ‘Nicholas van der Swart’, the character he portrayed in South African director Oliver Hermanus’s critically acclaimed 2019 film adaptation of the novel. It’s 1979, and South Africa’s government’s primary concern is keeping Southern Africa free of communism to protect the Afrikaner people, Christianity, and the free world. To do this, they need bodies, and seventeen-year-old Nicholas van der Swart is conscripted into the South African Defence Force and finds himself in the dark heart of a regime that demands absolute conformity, brute masculinity, racism, and bigotry.


Studio 3, Riverside Studios, 101 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9BN, United Kingdom.

One of several gay plays on over LGBTQ+ Pride Month at The King's Head Theatre, London.

Outings at King’s Head Theatre, 7 – 28 June 2024

Support a good cause this Pride Month with OUTINGS. This powerful, funny, and soul-bearing play, written by Matthew Baldwin and Thomas Hescott, is a collection of captivating coming-out stories performed by a different star-studded cast each night. Embark on a journey of heart-provoking, affirming, and gripping life experiences that are both heartbreaking and hilarious. Through OUTINGS’ performances, they are not just entertaining but also proudly fundraising for King’s Head Theatre and the LGBTQ+ Switchboard Charity. Your attendance will make a difference. 


King’s Head Theatre, Islington Square, 116 Upper St, The Angel, London N1 1AB, United Kingdom.

JULIE: The Musical at The Other Palace, 13 – 30 June 2024

Written and composed by the up-and-coming Abey Bradbury (see QX feature), this hilarious and witty celebration of non-conformity is based on the life of queer icon Julie D’Augbigny. Her experiences as a worshipped opera singer, renowned swordswoman, and flaming bisexual are depicted in the play. Characters are played by all genders, multiple musical genres are used, and there is no set instrumentation. JULIE pushes the boundaries of musical theatre, similar to how Julie stood against 17th-century ideals. The play features riotous (mostly factual) tales of seducing nuns, duelling multiple men at once, burning down convents, being bribed by royalty, and innovating Opera. And that’s just the first half.


The Other Palace, (studio) 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA, United Kingdom.

Wet Feet at Union Theatre, 18 – 29 June 2024

The story follows two men who meet in a gay sauna for an encounter that lasts longer than a typical steamy dalliance. While Nathan is an out and proud gay man, Franko lives in the shadow of Section 28. The towel-clad pair get to know each other a little better and a heart-warming connection is formed. Two lives collide in the most unlikely of places and spark a journey towards liberation and authentic connection. “It is highly impressive” – The Reviews Hub.


Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR, United Kingdom.

Simon David queer theatre show at Soho Theatre Dean Street

Simon David: Dead Dad Show at Soho Theatre, 26 – 28 June 2024

In 2018, Simon’s father performed a play about his imminent death from cancer, and, to Simon’s horror, it was good. Now, directed by Fringe First winner Chris Larner, bouncing between genres and intertwined with footage of his late father’s show, Simon performs an hour so impressive that he’ll never be forgotten. Following an acclaimed Edinburgh run with multiple awards, Dead Dad Show is embarking on a UK Tour partnering with leading end-of-life charity Marie Curie and trans-led organisation Not A Phase. “Five stars somehow feel inadequate for this joyous, hilarious, brilliant, witty, sparkly campfest of a show” – Scotsman.


Soho Theatre Dean Street, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE, United Kingdom.

Dorian: The Musical is gay theatre based on the novel written by the gay writer Oscar Wilde.

Dorian: The Musical at Southwark Playhouse Borough, 4 July to 10 August 2024

A lonely boy wants attention and suddenly, overnight, he becomes a musical sensation. Dorian realises that his life feels empty, even with all he ever wanted. Skilfully exploring the dark side of eternal youth. With a modern twist and remaining true to the bohemian thrill of the original, this modern queer fairy-tale follows Dorian Gray, a 21st-century wannabe rockstar with grandiose dreams who strikes a dangerous bargain! Inspired by the classic Oscar Wilde novel, it explores the heartache as Dorian faces the prospect of eternal glory, opening a Pandora’s box of love, lust, and corruption. This is a Gothic story with a glam-rock twist. The young musician is pulled in every direction by his fans, record producers, and photographers which warps his impressionable mind. This interpretation is darker, more explicit, and overtly queer and comes with 4 Star reviews: “The show is enthralling.” – Everything Theatre.


Southwark Playhouse Borough (The Large), 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD, United Kingdom.

Frank Goes To Bollywood includes a queer character in this theatrical production.

Frankie Goes To Bollywood at Southbank Centre, 31 July – 18 August 2024

Rifco Theatre Company, founded by Pravesh Kumar, aims to address the need for more authentic representation on our stages. Frankie Goes To Bollywood is a glitzy and glamorous musical inspired by real stories of British women caught in the spotlight of the biggest film industry in the world. LGBTQ+ characters in Bollywood are often portrayed as sexual predators or hidden miseries. While recent productions have explored LGBTQ relationships, they have been made by straight men and may not fully capture our genuine experience. Pravesh told QX in his interview, “To address this, I introduced an LGBTQ+ character in Frankie Goes to Bollywood. Shona Chatterji, played by the immensely talented non-binary actor Gigi Zahir (Alias Crayola Queen), brings real gusto and celebrates us without apology.”


Southbank Centre, Queen Elizebeth Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom.

One of many gay plays in London theatres that we have listed here.

Frank’s Closet at Wilton’s Music Hall, 3 – 14 September 2024

The cult hit musical is back at Wilton’s Music Hall. It’s a glittering, eccentric, high-camp tribute to musical theatre. This show is considered a classic of 21st-century British musical theatre. Picture seven Divas, a closet full of frocks, a riotous blush of Gaiety Girls, and the slightly bemused, but always dashing, Frank, who is on the verge of matrimony. Add a collection of glorious and original songs that draw inspiration from the great British, Broadway (and Swedish) songbooks, and you have Frank’s Closet. It’s an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of love, London, and musical theatre. Early bird offer: Use code DIVA10 to get 10% OFF standard tickets to all performances. The code is only valid until 30 June and has limited availability per show – book fast to guarantee your discount!


Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB, United Kingdom

The best gay theatre in London: Above The Stag Theatre.

Premier LGBTQIA+ Gay Theatre In London:

VENUE CLOSED AboveTheStag Theatre London

An independent Charity and Theatre Company serving the LGBTQIA+ community and its supporters. It is the only designated queer theatre in London and is located in Vauxhall. It´s very convenient for after theatre drinks at one of the many gay venues in the area, so you have an excellent opportunity to make a night of it. The theatre is London’s delightful LGBT thespian oasis. A gorgeous corner of performance and campery, and they’re the only theatre in the UK that’s exclusively LGBT-focused! They also have a very nice bar so you can enjoy pre-theatre and interval drinks, plus bar snacks. 

Above The Stag Theatre
Best LGBTQI+ Gay Theatre London : Above The Stag Theatre

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The Soho Theatre London

Soho Theatre is one of the country’s busiest venues with a year-round festival programme of theatre, comedy and cabaret featuring several gay plays. There are six shows a night across three stages, with a very popular bar. The Theatre is based in the heart of gay soho and a very gay friendly theatre in the heart of Soho that includes a lot of queer theatre content in its programming. Tickets at The Soho Theatre


The Pleasance Theatre London

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Located in Islington, The Pleasance Theatre has three production spaces. Mainhouse: Capacity 230. Downstairs: Capacity 75. Stagespace:  Capacity 54. This Off-West End theatre welcomes artists at all stages of their careers with a commitment to new work that pushes boundaries. They stage several LGBTQ and gay theatre shows every year. Tickets at The Pleasance Theatre

Park Theatre London

Located very close to Finsbury Park station, Park Theatre describes themselves as a neighbourhood theatre with a global ambition. They focus on staging a mix of both new writing and modern revivals. This stunning playhouse aims to stage content that resonates and reflects the world around them and the neighbourhoods close by. This London Theatre therefore includes a lot of LGBTQ+, queer and gay theatre in their programming. Located very close to Finsbury Park station, Park Theatre describes themselves as a neighbourhood theatre with a global ambition. They focus on staging a mix of both new writing and modern revivals. This stunning playhouse aims to stage content that resonates and reflects the world around them and the neighbourhoods close by. Tickets at the Park Theatre

Gay theatre in London at The King's Head Theatre in Islington.

Kings Head Theatre

Located in Upper Street, Islington and established in 1970, The King´s Head was the first pub theatre to be founded since Shakepeare’s day and has staged numerous LGBTQ+ and gay plays in it. The pub is a cozy traditional Victorian pub and a great place to meet up. In the winter customers get to enjoy a roaring fire! The theatre is located at the back. This is the Theatre where Hugh Grant made his acting debut.  The Theatre is firmly committed to equality and diversity in everything it does. It regularly stages LGBTQI+ gay theatre shows and will run a whole season of gay theatre in London. Tickets at The Kings Head Theatre

Brixton House Theatre

As they embark on a new journey as Brixton House, the team told QX, “we are proud to continue expanding on Ovalhouse Theatre’s renowned legacy for creating safe-spaces for artists across the LGBTQI+ community and beyond, to authentically create and fearlessly share their voices with audiences keen to hear their stories.” Tickets at Brixton House.

The Other Palace Theatre

A theatre situated 3 minutes for Victoria tube. There is a 300-seat Main Theatre space and a smaller Studio space that accommodates up to 120 people. They offer a varied programme of drama, musical theatre, cabaret and jazz. There is also an excellent restaurant and bar. Tickets at The Other Palace.

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The Vaults

London’s home for immersive theatre and alternative arts is set in a maze of disused railway arches under Waterloo Station and regularly puts on LGBTQ+ focused shows and gay plays in London. They are on a mission to inspire. Tickets at The Vaults

Southwark Playhouse

The Playhouse is 5 minutes from Borough Station in an area with excellent eateries. Described as quirky and classy at the same time (The Stage), the theatre has two distinctive theatre spaces. They seek to showcase the U.K.’s best up and coming talent in London, including queer theatre, offering such talent the opportunity to present their first fully realised productions.  Content focuses on reinterpreting classic plays and contemporary plays of note.   Tickets at the Southwark Playhouse

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The Donmar Warehouse

This is a 251-seat, not-for-profit theatre in Covent Garden, and they have won more than 100 awards in their 27-year history. They bring together a wide variety of people in an intimate warehouse space. For this theatre representation really matters. Tickets at The Donmar Warehouse.

Other Theatres that stage excellent LGBTQIA+ gay theatre shows in London:


The Apollo Theatre : Everybody´s talking about Jamie

Charing Cross Theatre

Leicester Square Theatre

And many other fantastic gay theatres across London… 

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