Gay London Events 2019

Coming Clean
Coming Clean

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.

January 2019

Until 12 January 2019
THEATRE: Mother Goose Cracks One Out!
Venue: Above the Stag, 72 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London, SE1 7TP (Info)

Until 27 January 2019:
EXHIBITION: Censored! Stage, Screen, Society at 50
A free exhibition at the V&A in their Theatre & Performance rooms that mark 50 years since the Theatres Act came into force, abolishing state censorship on the British stage. Also including film, print and music censorship, some queer gems include censorship notes for Joe Orton’s Loot, a display about Dirk Bogarde’s film Victim, and an original copy¬† of 1981 book Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin which kicked off controversial law Section 28.
Venue: V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL (Info)

9 January – 2 February 2019
THEATRE: Coming Clean
Following a smash-hit run at the King’s Head Theatre, comes a well-deserved transfer for the revival of Coming Clean Рfrom My Night with Reg writer Kevin Elyot. Funny, fresh and packed with razor-sharp wit, Coming Clean questions the nature of fidelity and the limits of love.
Book tickets to Coming Clean
Venue: Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall London SW1A 2DY (Info)

13 January Р10 February 2019
THEATRE: Extra Virgin
James Farley (Party) and Alexander Hulme (Happy Ending) star in Howard Walters’ gripping thriller. Venue: Above the Stag, 72 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London, SE1 7TP (Info)

17 January – 16 February 2019
THEATRE: Grindr: The Opera!
Erik Ransom’s acclaimed show returns to Above The Stag following its successful run last year. A daring, humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships, and the greatest catalyst for the shift: Grindr.
Venue: Above the Stag, 72 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London, SE1 7TP (Info)

18 January – 16 February 2019
THEATRE: Leave to Remain
A thrilling new play by Matt Jones featuring music from The Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke about about a young gay couple in London, whose relationship is affected when one of their visas is questioned.
Venue: Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL (Info)

23 January – 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)

26 January 2019
EVENT: Winter Pride – Magical Circus
Winter Pride is back and promises to be bigger than ever. This year’s theme is Magical Circus, with four awe-inspiring circus themed rooms.
Venue: Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL (Info)

From 28 January 2019
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)

February 2019

February 2019
EVENT: LGBT History Month
This year’s theme for LGBT History Month is History: Peace; Reconciliation and Activism, and promises to celebrate the centenary of aftermath of the end of WWI and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with a host of events. Venues and events will include the V&A and the Royal Museums Greenwich.
Venues: Various – London and UK (Info)

2 February – 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)

2 February – 27 April 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)

20 February – 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 Р24 Mar).
Venue: 1 Clapham Common Northside, London SW4 0QW (Info)

March 2019

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)

And Coming Soon…

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)