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Love is Love

A celebration in words and music of LGBT+ lives and loves across nine centuries
Part of Voices in the Dark: Pride, Then and Now

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Saturday 6 April, 9.30pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(after the 7.30pm performance of After Edward)

Tickets£12 | £10 if you also book for After Edward (details below)
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Performed by
The Fourth Choir

Conducted by
Dominic Ellis-Peckham

Written by
Séamus Rea

Performed by The Fourth Choir

Conducted by Dominic Ellis-Peckham

Written by Séamus Rea


London’s a cappella LGBT+ choir, The Fourth Choir, is delighted to be returning to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for the third time with a programme of words and music by LGBT+ artists to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in June 1969. From Hildegarde of Bingen in the 12th century to jazz legend Billy Strayhorn in the 20th, music by composers such as Poulenc, Tchaikovsky and Rufus Wainwright bring to life hidden histories: the woman put on trial in 18th-century Germany for marrying another woman; history’s most extraordinary bisexual love triangle; the famous composer who liked to wear drag; and the Stonewall Warriors themselves. It didn’t all just start in 1969…

Founded in 2013, The Fourth Choir has sung at such diverse venues as the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome and the Brunel Thames Tunnel in Wapping; the Chapels Royal at the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace; Camden's Jazz Café and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; and in the heart of Westminster, both on stage at the National Holocaust Memorial Ceremony and on the pavement, protesting outside the House of Commons.

Voices in the Dark: Pride, Then and Now  

This event is part of our Voices in the Dark festival, running alongside our productions of Edward II and After Edward this spring.

How relevant are Shakespeare and his contemporaries today? That is the question we ask in Voices in the Dark, an ongoing festival of events and performances that run alongside our main-stage productions. The festival examines the nature of Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world through an ongoing dialogue, a call and response, between today’s artists and Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

This spring, in response to our production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II – a play that is rare in its depiction of a gay relationship on the early modern stage – we are exploring the idea of ‘Pride, Then and Now’. Artists and performers will offer a diverse range of creative responses to Marlowe’s provocations, as they explore the themes of sexuality and gender in thrilling new ways.

The other festival events are Wanton poets and pleasant wits: Edward II now , a free post-show discussion, and Moll and the Future Kingsan hour of late-night drag king cabaret and improve.

After Edward: Ticket Offer

If you buy tickets for After Edward in the same transaction, save £2 on tickets for Love is Love.

Just add tickets for both events to your basket and the discount will be applied. If you have already booked for After Edward, make sure you’re logged in to the same account you used to book, and then when you add tickets to Love is Love to your basket, the discount will be applied. If you have any problems, please just contact the Box Office, who will be happy to help.