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Above The Stag, London’s pioneering LGBT+ theatre


Published on
September 12, 2018


Founded in 2008, Above The Stag is a prominent London theatre focusing on LGBT+ themed theatre off the West End.

Where does the name come from? Back in ’08, the theatre was located above The Stag pub in Victoria, London. However, in 2012, the pub was demolished and the theatre was in search of a new home. After a year and a half of searching, the company moved into a railway arch in Vauxhall, joining the Nine Elms family ever since.

Earlier this year, the theatre was able to fundraise and move into a new premise right along Albert Embankment (number 72 Albert Embankment).

The company is dedicated to producing LGBT+ plays – both thought-provoking ones and comedic, lighthearted productions. Their list of plays are teeming with camp humour, double-entendres, drag acts, legendary costumes, and riotous shows. Despite their humorous, glamorous shows, the theatre does put on some hard-hitting, pointed plays that deal with homophobia, transphobia and issues facing the LGBT+ community.

Currently, the theatre is showing:

Maurice (12 September – 21 October)

A play by Roger Parsley and Andy Graham (adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster)

Next Lesson (21 August – 16 September)

Directed by Andrew Beckett, produced by Chris Woodley.

Kids Play (18 September – 14 October)

Written and directed by Glenn Chandler.

Mother Goose Cracks One Out (27 November – 12 January)

Directed by Andrew Beckett, designed by David Shields, songs by Jon Bradfield.



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