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See these West End shows featuring LGBT stars for LGBT History Month

7 February 2022 by TodayTix
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LGBT history, stories, and characters deserve to be celebrated and honoured in the West End, across the country, and around the world all year. February is LGBT History Month, which shines a spotlight on LGBT communities in the UK. It’s a great time to reflect on developments and the visibility of queer history, as well as a continued promotion of the welfare of LGBT groups in society. Prominent West End actors shine a light on the importance of LGBT History Month too: Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi are current patrons for the LGBT History Month charity.

In London, many theatres exclusively showcase work by queer artists, such as the Above the Stag Theatre and LGBT theatre seasons at the Pleasance Theatre. Theatre is an excellent way to understand issues faced by LGBT communities in society, as well as the contributions of LGBT performers. Many queer theatre artists have changed the face of the West End and Broadway too — here are our queer theatre icons.

Here’s just a selection of West End shows that celebrate LGBT creatives, actors, and stories taking place this month, as well as upcoming LGBT-centric shows.

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Death Drop

Death Drop 

The future of West End drag looks bright, thanks to UK drag entertainment company TuckShop. Alongside their regular drag shows and performances at the Underbelly Festival, TuckShop also produces West End plays. Their stand-out hit, Death Drop, returns to the West End in March 2022.

Set in the 1990s, Death Drop follows a group of outlandish characters who gather to celebrate Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 10th anniversary. During the evening, the guests reveal their controversial pasts, and but then they discover a murderer among them. Who will shantay to the end of the night in style, and who will sashay away in tragedy? 

Death Drop in London always features drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race. This time, RuPaul’s Drag Race US queen Jujubee, and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK queen Kitty Scott-Claus, turn in the spotlight.

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Come From Away

Come From Away 

There’s dozens of stories in Come From Away, and they all interweave to produce a sensational narrative that showcases compassion, joy, and kindness. Come From Away tells the true stories of 7,000 air passengers who were grounded in Newfoundland in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Many of these passengers were solo travellers who found their lifetime partners.

Or, there’s stranded gay couples too, like Kevin and… Kevin, who are scared to reveal their sexuality to their fellow companions. They needn’t worry though, as Gander’s a welcoming, uplifting place, and the locals encourage everyone to share their stories and find a moment of relief. Anyone can become an islander in Come From Away.

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& Juliet

& Juliet

It’s 2022 — romance stories in musicals don’t just focus on heterosexual couples. The lives of younger LGBT characters are central to & Juliet, a revolutionary West End musical that spins Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on its head. In & Juliet, there’s gorgeous friendships that blossom between May, a non-binary character, and François, Juliet’s former fiancé. Juliet also finds herself caught in a romantic whirlwind between Romeo and François. It’s revealed that Romeo has many lovers too — that love triangle would be difficult to draw!

The & Juliet musical challenges gender roles head on, and celebrates how everyone deserves to be their authentic self, regardless of anyone’s opinion. The & Juliet soundtrack features music by LGBT+ visionaries too, such as Demi Lovato and Adam Lambert. With a book by Schitt’s Creek creator, David West Read too, & Juliet is an explosion of LGBT joy.

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Cinderella

Cinderella

Dreaming of the fairytale happy ever after ending shouldn’t be limited to stories solely involving husbands and wives. In this Cinderella, Prince Charming finds his match in a fellow prince. At the same time, this Cinderella doesn’t prescribe to traditional gender roles — she disagrees with the status quo, and goes around vandalising statues. This Cinderella may not be a typical Disney princess, but she still has a heart of gold, and believes people should be with the person they love — whoever that may be.

This Cinderella musical celebrates queer love. Cinderella features an original story by Promising Young Woman and Killing Eve writer Emerald Fennell, and there’s plenty of female independence, and same-sex marriage in Cinderella

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Cock

COCK 

This provocatively named show may send your mind whirring about what’s in store. However, COCK is a thought-provoking relationship drama, in which labels are out of the question and love is more important.

COCK tells the story of two gay men who have been in a relationship for seven years. Their relationship hits the rocks when one man realises he has fallen in love — with a woman. Bridgerton‘s Jonathan Bailey and Rocketman‘s Taron Egerton will star in COCK‘s West End premiere.

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Cabaret

Cabaret 

While Cabaret acknowledges the early rise of Nazism in Berlin, the musical also celebrates the queer communities in 1930s Germany. Cabaret immerses audiences in the Kit Kat Club’s world, a seedy cabaret in the centre of Berlin.

The Emcee, a sexually ambigious character, leads proceedings at the Kit Kat Club, and introduces audiences to the latest German nightlife. All eyes are on cabaret singer Sally Bowles, especially when she strikes up a relationship with American writer Cliff Bradshaw. There’s also tender moments between Fräulein Schneider and Herr Schultz, and scintillating dances from the Kit Kat Club girls and boys. 

The latest Cabaret London revival is the talk of the town. A-listers Fra Fee and Amy Lennox lead the Cabaret cast as the Emcee and Sally Bowles in a sensational production, transforming London’s nightlife. Find out more about the Cabaret Lottery in London.

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