A run-down of some of the best gay events happening in London in winter and spring 2019, from theatre and film, to exhibitions and parties.
Until 17 March 2019
THEATRE: Vault Festival 2019
London’s bold arts and entertainment festival returns for its seventh year, in venues across Waterloo. Presenting more than 400 shows and 2,000 artists, from theatre and comedy, immersive experiences, cabaret and live performances, queer highlights include gay plays Kompromat (23-27 Jan), inspired by the still-unsolved 2010 murder of GCHQ agent Gareth Williams, and Marmite (13-17 Feb), which was a sell-out at Edinburgh in 2018; and gay comedy Gaylords (9-10 Mar), featuring gay comedians Will Dalrymple and Mark Bittlestone.
Venues: Various – in Waterloo (Info)
Until 24 March 2019
THEATRE: 96 Festival 2019
Another strong lineup of artists set up camp at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham for a celebration of queerness and theatre. Events include Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran (26 Feb – 24 Mar).
Venue: 1 Clapham Common Northside, London SW4 0QW (Info)
Until 11 May 2019
THEATRE: All About Eve
Try and think of something more fabulously camp than this and… you will fail. Bette Davis may have made this a film classic, but Gillian Anderson and Lily James are set to turn the story of famous actress Margo Channing and scheming young upstart Eve Harrington into a stage juggernaut.
Book tickets to All About Eve
Venue: Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2 (Info)
Until 14 July 2019
EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
The V&A mounts this massive retrospective of Christian Dior and his work, spanning 1947 to the present day and tracing the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.
Venue: V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL (Info)
THEATRE: 9 to 5 The Musical
Dolly Parton’s rollicking musical based on the classic movie is coming into the West End for the first time. Starring Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley, the smash-hit show features an original Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by Dolly herself!
Book tickets to 9 to 5 The Musical
Venue: Savoy Theatre, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET (Info)
21 – 31 March 2019
FILM: BFI Flare LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2019
The BFI’s annual queer film festival is back, promises a wide selection of new and classic LGBT+ films.
Venue: Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XT (Info)
5 June – 20 July 2019
The UK premiere of hit off-Broadway play Afterglow by S. Asher Gelman comes to the Southwark Playhouse this summer. Afterglow centres on Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship who share their bed with young Darius for a night. When a new intimate connection begins to form between them, and all three men must confront one another’s notions of love, intimacy, and commitment.
Venue: Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD (Info)
8 June 2019
COMEDY: Julian Clary – Born to Mince
Comedian Julian Clary finishes up his UK tour with one night at the London Palladium.
Venue: London Palladium, 8 Argyll St, Soho, London W1F 7LA (Info)
15 June 2019
CONCERT: Pink Singers – Divas Through the Decades
LGBT+ choir the Pink Singers are back with another Cadogan Hall spectacular.
Venue: Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, London, SW1X 9DG (Info)
15 June 2019
CONCERT: London Gay Men’s Chorus – Hitsville!
The LGMC celebrate 50 years of Motown and its influence with their new show Hitsville!
Venue: Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX (Info)
6 July 2019
EVENT: Pride in London 2019
The annual Pride march and events – London’s biggest annual LGBT event – returns this summer in Central London.
Venues: Various (Info)
6 – 14 July 2019
EVENT: Fetish Week London 2019
The biggest leather and fetish event in London is back – as Fetish Week London returns across a number of venues. Themed events include uniform, leather, fetish, skinheads, sports gear and rubber. Organised by Recon EU, go to their store for advanced tickets.
Venues: Various (Info)