Issue 30 | Winter 2021
FAIRIES, WITCHES, PRINCES WITH LIPS TO DIE FOR, AND JOKES WHICH WOULD MAKE EVEN A CARRY ON FILM BLUSH, IS IT ANY WONDER WE LOVE PANTO SEASON SO MUCH? HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF OUR QUEER-FRIENDLY FAVOURITES FOR YOU TO BOO, HISS AND CHEER THIS COMING CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.
Sleeping Beauty is a princess who dreams of being a pop star and has had sex with any boy who’s ever wandered into the wood. Mix in an overprivileged prince, a fairy who’s out of practice and the magnificently evil Maleffluent, Pricked at London’s cabaret hot spot is a sure-fire hit.
To 06 January 2022 • The Royal Vauxhall Tavern 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY
The traditional Palladium family-friendly but still super-saucy panto stars Donny Osmond and Julian Clary with regular stars Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot. Expect sparkles, sequins and show-stoppers galore.
To 01 January 2022The London Palladium8 Argyll St, London W1F 7TF
Not strictly a panto, and we’re not sure what Tiny Tim would make of it, but the Olivier-Award-winning Tiger Lilies offer a brand-new musical twist on the Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, exposing through song the poverty and inequality of the time. If you like your festive season dark, quirky and thoughtful, then this is a must-see Christmas treat like no other.
To 30 December 2021Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8X
Get yourself ready for filth and frolics, as gay country lad Dick comes to town in search of money and men. But mayoral candidate Queen Rat has different ideas for him, and frames him for a dastardly crime. Can Dick stiffen his resolve (and, ahem, some other things) and save his reputation and his boyfriend before Rat wins the day and brings the city to its knees?
To 16 January 2022 • Upstairs at the Stag, 72 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP
Now a new exhibition celebrates this cultural icon’s life and music through her early recordings, her teenage diaries, stage outfits, handwritten lyrics and personal items which have never been seen before. The exhibition has been organised with the collaboration of Amy’s estate, which has waived its rights in favour of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Amy: Beyond the Stage is now at The Design Museum London, 224 – 238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG