January must be the most depressing month in the calendar. Christmas is over, the decorations are down and everywhere is looking drab and boring. The weather is awful and the credit card bills for the festive season have arrived. The best thing to do to escape the January blues is to take a holiday somewhere hot but, if your wallet won’t quite stretch to that then the next best thing is to share someone else’s holiday. So, I would recommend that you get yourself down to the Above the Stag and … [Read more...]
Above The Stag London Off West End Theatre
Above The Stag Theatre is an award-winning theatre in Vauxhall, London with a focus on producing LGBT+ themed work including new writing, musicals and revivals. We are the only full-time professional LGBT+ theatre in the UK.
Above The Stag Theatre was founded in 2008 by Peter Bull who secured a space above The Stag, a gay pub in Victoria, London, which has since been demolished. In 2013, we opened our Vauxhall home with adult pantomime Jack Off the Beanstalk.
As a registered charity, we also host exhibitions, rehearsed readings and other events throughout its annual programming offering new writers, photographers and other forms of artists a platform to present their work.
Arch 72 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TP
Nearest Tube/Train Station: Vauxhall
How many times did you get told as a child that “School Days Are The Best Days Of Your Life”? I’m sure for some people this is very true. Personally, I’m not so sure that I agree with the phrase. For most children and adolescents, the final few years are probably a horrendous time as their hormones kick into overdrive, they sit their various exams and have to make a life setting decision on what to study at university. That’s a lot of pressure for anyone to take but just imagine if, during this … [Read more...]
As an Aussie, there’s a mixture of trepidation and homesickness when you’re welcomed into a production with a Croc Dundee worthy ‘G-Day’, but that was just the start of the emotional rollercoaster that is Holding The Man which is a production that is as captivating as it is heartbreaking. Holding The Man is the theatrical adaptation by Tommy Murphy of the memoirs of Timothy Conigrave, who details his journey with partner John Caleo, the star football player he fell in love with during high … [Read more...]
‘Whose back is the hairiest? … whose crack is the scariest?’ Above the Stag’s latest musical He Shoots! He Scores! shows us the adventures of country boy Joe (Jamie Barwood) and a London-based gay football team as they travel to Spain to compete in a major tournament…which turns out not to be quite as gay as they initially thought. Whilst competing in the matches, some of the boys have other things on their minds: Liam (Tom Mann) is chasing Scandanavian straight boy Matthias (Andrew Cannon), … [Read more...]
There are many things that theatre can do for its audience. Sometimes, it will educate, sometimes raise awareness or start a conversation and sometimes it will simply provide a very entertaining distraction from the world outside. The latest example of the latter type of show is When Harry Met Barry which has just opened at the Above the Stag Theatre in Vauxhall. TV celebrity chef Harry (Brandon Gale) is fed up with ‘love’. Although he is tall, handsome and runs a successful Soho restaurant, … [Read more...]
Unless you have been on a completely different planet over the past couple of years, you will have heard about, and probably played “Cards Against Humanity” a simple game where alcohol and a complete lack of political correctness join forces to shock and surprise the world. Imagine, if you can, if “CAH” was taken one step further and played by a group of people with virtually no social inhibitions. Now, we have a Party which just happens to be the name of the play opening the autumn season in … [Read more...]
It’s called Get ‘Em Off, it’s on at ‘the UK’s only full-time professional LGBT theatre’. It includes musical numbers with titles such as ‘Gotta Get Your Dick Out’ and ‘Netflix and Chill’. It does what it says on the tin, and if aspects of it feel like they’ve been done before (The Full Monty, anyone?) it still provides an entertaining night out for its target audience. It’s not the first musical in the world to be a bit light on plot and heavy on song-and- dance, and it won’t be the last. The … [Read more...]