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Mark Gatiss to star in West End charity gala

Published May 3, 2017

Mark Gatiss will appear alongside 20 other performers in a one-night West End charity gala presentation of the true-life coming-out drama Outings, as part of the Pride in London Festival.

Other cast members include comedians Zoe Lyons, Rob Deering, Andrew Doyle, Camille Ucan and Lizzie Roper, actors including Olivier Award winner Nichola McAuliffe and Ian Hallard, with further casting to be announced. The production is directed by Tony Award winner David Grindley. His associate director is Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain (writer of trans drama Rotterdam).

The show will take place at the Lyric Theatre on Monday 26 June at 7.30pm, with all proceeds going to the LGBT+ helpline charity Switchboard.

Outings, the world’s first show based on coming-out stories, premiered to huge acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, and has since delighted audiences on tour around the UK.

This powerful, funny and confessional collation of over 20 true-life tales was created by award-winning writers following an online campaign for submissions that was supported by Stephen Fry amongst many others.

Inspired by recent high-profile ‘comings out’ by stars of stage, screen and sports, the show celebrates the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from around the world, exploring how they came out and what effect it has had on them.

Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through Instant Messaging. The charity was founded in 1974 and was formerly known as Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.

The Pride in London Festival runs from 24 June to 9 July, showcasing some of the most inspiring talents and celebrating diversity in the LGBT+ community. It includes theatre, dance, talks, conferences, LGBT+ tours, art and much more.

You can book your Outings tickets through the Lyric Theatre’s website.