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The Drag – National Theatre, London

Writer: Mae West Director: Polly Stenham Reviewer: Tom Finch It was 90 years ago that Mae West’s The Drag opened in the unsuspecting town of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Examining as it does, the details of the New York gay scene it was utterly scandalous for its time and after a few performances, it was shut down. Its author, West, was promptly served a ...

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Yank! – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Joseph Zellnik (Music), David Zellnik (Book and Lyrics) Director: James Baker Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Zellnik brothers bring their exuberant off-Broadway success story to The Big Smoke, affording Londoners a thoroughly engrossing view of the unfamiliar battleground of same-sex romance during World War Two. Yank! hinges around the breakneck wartime metamorphosis of Stu, played with wide-eyed believability by Scott Hunter, a clumsy ...

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To T, or Not to T – Dixon Place, New York

(To T or Not to T) (Dixon Place) (NYC) (c)Ryan Harper Gray

Writer: D’Lo Director: Adelina Anthony Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell In his new solo show -- To T, or Not to T -- actor/writer/comic D’Lo addresses the intersection of multiple aspects of his identity. With razor-sharp wit and impeccable comic timing, he navigates the rocky road of coming out as queer, trans, and not-going-to-be-a-doctor to his Tamil family with a little help from ...

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Bent – National Theatre, London

Writer: Martin Sherman Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Stephen Bates On the weekend when the 50th Anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales is being celebrated, this rehearsed reading of Martin Sherman's landmark play Bent, acts as a sobering reminder of the horrors to which victimisation can lead. Stephen Daldry, then a young student, saw the play on its initial ...

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Certain Young Men – National Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Peter Gill Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Part of the National Theatre’s Queer Theatre season of rehearsed readings, Peter Gill’s Certain Young Men is a collection of scenes, some related but many not, about the lives of four gay male couples. Written at the end of the 1990s, some five years before the Civil Partnerships Act gave the first legal recognition ...

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Neaptide – National Theatre, London

Writer: Sarah Daniels Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Tom Finch Celebrating theatre’s contribution to the LGBT+ experience, The National Theatre is presenting a season of rehearsed readings, talks and exhibitions. Fifty years on from the decriminalisation of homosexuality it's clear, standing in the brutalist foyer how much has changed for queer people in this country. Same-sex couples linger through the gift ...

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The Ruby Slippers – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Emma Culshaw and David Paul Director: Craig Ryder Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Is tolerance much harder when it’s someone you know? In theory rights and freedoms are all very well, especially when they don’t affect your day-to-day life but if someone you care about decides to live an alternative lifestyle, is that harder to accept? Emma Culshaw and David Paul’s ...

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