After last year's cancelled parade, 2021’s event won’t happen until September. But that doesn't mean summer is a pride-free zone. Here are some shows that are keeping the flag flying for identities across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, in witty, weird, and oh-so-glamorous style.
This supercute-sounding solo show by Rob Madge is based around old home video tapes from their childhood. Their loving parents helped to recreate a Disney parade across the living room - and despite Dad's stage management malfunctions and Gran's general bafflement, the experience was both a viral Tiktok hit and the inspiration for show paying tribute to the power of allies.
Until 3 July, Turbine Theatre
Step back in time with Charles Dyer's play about undercover gay life, written in 1966 and sparking controversy when it was first performed by the RSC. Two hairdressers struggle to keep their customary banter going after one is arrested for indecency, and try to imagine a better future together.
27 June - 17 July, Southwark Playhouse
If you want a night of laughs, lip-syncing, and ludicrously laboured puns, then this dragged-up murder mystery is for you. Its kings and queens romp their way through a story that takes a leaf from Agatha Christie's book - and then tears it up in a snowstorm of gender-upending panto silliness. You can book tickets from £24 here on Stagedoor.
Until 11 July, Garrick Theatre
Get a very queer and totally free bedtime story courtesy of Tabby Lamb's episode of Written on the Waves, 45 North's stellar audio drama podcast. It turns Peter Pan into a look at trans identity and the awfully big adventure of living your truth.
Available online now
If you want more ways to (safely) celebrate Pride, check out some of the much-loved LGBTQ+ venues that have fought tooth and nail to survive through the last 18 months, like Above the Stag, which has a brand new cabaret space, or the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, which has reopened this month with fave events like Bar Wotever and The Cocoa Butter Club. Because the pandemic might have stopped us cramming onto sweaty dancefloors (for now) but it can't stop us coming together, celebrating, and finding new reasons to feel proud.