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The Visit (or The Old Lady Comes To Call) review – ‘Lesley Manville shines bright from Kushner’s tumescent work’

The Visit at The National Theatre review
The Visit at the National Theatre review ★★★☆☆ by Ifan Llewelyn What would you do for a billion dollars? That is the central dilemma of The Visit. The theatrical work of Swiss author and dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt is known for its avant-garde approach to epic theatre. His dedication to reflecting the lives of many licking their wounds after a second World War...

Celebrity-spotting and death-dropping at Freedom Bar’s Kinky Kabaret

Kinky Kabaret Freedom Bar
A Soho institution. If you're looking to cure those Monday blues with a night out, then Freedom Bar's Kinky Kabaret is a no-brainer. Bringing together the seasoned performers of the West End, and the raw talent of a few up-and-comers, there's nothing quite like it. You never know WHAT to expect when you recline into a plush velvet seat,...

Princess Julia revisits her decades working the London queer scene

Princess Julia Queer Scene
As Julia jumps ship from her weekly column, we catch some parting words from this scene legend. Princess Julia has had more nights out than you’ve had hot dinners! She’s on the scene, on the decks, on the tube and on the razz, attending countless cultural events and parties, from bougie Knightsbridge art launches to gender-neutral bike shed raves...

#CassandraSays – This Week in Edgy Parties

East London Queer
The doyenne of Dulwich squat parties gives us her inimitable guide to this weekend’s queer alternative goings on. “Got my ass squeezed by sexy cupid, guess he wants to play, wants to play, a love game, a love game!” It’s said that the love heart is actually based on the contour of a shapely derriere. With that in mind, let’s look...

BRÜT is the gay, sex-positive warehouse party hitting London this week

BRUT gay warehouse party
Muscled up party brand BRÜT are taking Tottenham by storm with some steamy action. London’s favourite stylish monochrome party brand is BACK this month. After a short hiatus, they’re here with an event that’s sure to leave your knees quaking and your member dripping. Taking over the sprawling, industrial club The Cause, famed for hosting some of London’s heaviest raves,...

Valentine’s Playlist courtesy of Wes Baggaley

Valentine's Playlist
From ecstatic clubbing sets at Glastonbury’s NYC Downlow, Panorama Bar and Horse Meat Disco to his regular Rinse FM shows, Wigan’s finest and one of the gay underground’s hottest DJs, Wes Baggaley, delivers a Valentine’s Selection ahead of Berlin Berlin: Tainted Love on Saturday at Egg London.    An avid vinyl collector, known for his extensive and driving sounds, all mixed with seamless...

Night Pride – Hundreds protest in East London against rise in LGBT+ hate crime

Night Pride is a Protest
Last Friday, on the 7th February a crew of activists gathered in the basement of Haggerston drag bar The Glory ready to start a movement: Queer Night Pride. Four weeks before, just meters away, one of the bar’s regular performers, Camile Leon, was assaulted by a gang of vitriol-spewing young people. Having just been out to grab some cash...

Valentine’s at the Vauxhall Tavern!

Valentine’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern
One of London’s best-loved queer venues, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, are getting all loved up. Don’t you just love an entire day dedicated to reminding you of your singledom? Or just reminding you of the useless chump you’re lumped with? Lucky for you, one of London’s best-loved queer haunts has plenty on to distract you from all that sugar-sweet insanity....

Drag Race UK’s Divina De Campo on shady edits, getting political and Greggs pasties

Divina De Campo
After being hit by the reality show tidal-wave that was Drag Race UK, we catch up with one of the show’s best-loved queens. They are arguably one of the most influential drag artists in the world right now. This week Jason Reid talks to RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Divina De Campo about a life-changing year, the marriage of drag and...

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Village People and more to play special Pride event at Kenwood House

Kenwood House
Gorgeous Hampstead Heath hideaway Kenwood House has been the site of many events in the cultural zeitgeist - it was where Julia Roberts flounced around filming a period drama in Notting Hill. It was where Emma Thompson flounced around in a bonnet in Sense & Sensibility. And now, there's going to be even MORE fabulous flouncing around at the...

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