June is widely celebrated throughout the UK as being the month to celebrate pride. The month is used to embrace a culture that was once suppressed, and what better way to do this than to watch some awe-inspiring theatre that has taken its roots from gay stories and gay culture.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – The Apollo Theatre
A classic choice, this heart-warming and thoroughly entertaining show will take you on a journey with central character Jamie New as he and his peers accepts who he truly is. As Jamie blossoms into the fierce drag queen Mimi, audiences are taken on a wild ride between laughter, touching moments and tears. Featuring brilliant songs such as Don’t Even Know It, Spotlight, Wall In My Head, He’s My Boy and Beautiful, celebrate yourself with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Afterglow – The Southwark Playhouse
After its multiple-extended run Off-Broadway, Afterglow makes its debut premiere at the Southwark Playhouse this summer. Telling the story of Josh and Alex – a married couple in an open relationship – Afterglow explores love, intimacy and commitment in this gay relationship. This modern production is emotional , compelling and breathtaking.
Bare – The Vaults
Bare: The Pop Opera follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity and the future. With a rock/pop score and a hugely diverse range of characters and actors (and being performed in London’s home for immersive theatre and alternative arts), Bare looks at the dangers of baring your soul and the consequences of continuing to hide who you truly are.
The Boy in the Dress – Royal Shakespeare Theatre
With songs by Robbie Williams, David Walliams’ heart-warming comedy comes to the stage for the first time in November 2019. 12-year-old Dennis struggles when his mum leaves home and the only reminder of her that he has is a beautiful yellow dress she used to wear. What do you do if you like football and dresses? A show not directly linked to gay pride, but one that celebrates finding your true self and being proud of that, The Boy in the Dress is for all the family.
First Time – Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe
First Time is a one-man show written and performed by Nathaniel Hall, and the show is a funny and frank look at the impact HIV had on Nathaniel himself as a 16-year-old, and how it impacted the entire gay community. While the show is more focused around HIV, smashing social stigma and tackling mental health issues, First Time focuses on the gay community and Nathaniel’s own experiences as a gay man.
The Color Purple – Leicester and Birmingham
Based on the novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple opens in Leicester for its UK debut in July. As main character Celie journeys through joy, despair, anguish and hope, so much of this story is about Celie’s personal discovery, and more importantly the discovery of her own sexuality. With a stunning sore and stellar cast, don’t miss this production coming in summer.
Kinky Boots – UK Tour, currently in Sheffield, next venue Sunderland
As a joy-filled production about embracing and celebrating who you truly are, Kinky Boots is the perfect show to see to celebrate Pride month. With self-discovery at its heart, and an amazing score by Cyndi Lauper including the ever-favourites “Not My Father’s Son, Sex Is In The Heel, Soul Of A Man, and Raise You Up / Just Be, Kinky Boots is the perfect show to see this pride.
Wife – The Kiln Theatre
Set in the late 1950s and exploring sexuality across the ages, Wife at The Kiln Theatre explores the story of Daisy – a woman married to her husband Robert but in love with another woman, Suzannah. This celebratory piece of theatre has been described as thought-provoking, and it represents a truly important genre of theatre.