Gay & Lesbian


This page will trace the emergence, development and work of Gay and Lesbian Theatre in British alternative theatre from 1968-88.  We are currently looking for a specialist in this area of work who would be interested in creating an introductory essay to the web page for us. Please contact us for more details. If you would like to create a web page for one of the companies listed below without a link, or contribute to an existing Company page please get in touch.



Companies identified to date:


Brixton Faeries

Character Ladies

Consenting Adults in Public

Coventry Lesbian Theatre Group

D.E.T. Enterprises

Donna and Kebab

Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company (Men and Women’s Companies)

The General Will

Green Noses (Nottingham, street theatre)

Hard Corps (formerly Gauche)

Hardware Theatre Company

Hormone Imbalance

Hot Peaches (US)

New Heart

Nitty Gritty

Notting Hill Street Theatre

Open Theatre Company

Outcast Theatre Company

Parker and Klein

Pink Fairies

Pretty Disgusting Things

Red Rag


Slip of the Tongue

Split Britches (US)

In February 2023 Unfinished Histories present an exhibition and events: Acting Out: Celebrating LGBTQ Theatre of the 1970s and 80s at Hackney Archives, CLR James Library, Dalston Square, E8 3BQ, running from 1st to 24th February (open Wednesday to Friday 10-6pm and the first Saturday of each month) For more information see here