Described as ‘The most thrillingly playful and hilarious new musical to hit London in years. Spectacular‘ by the Evening Standard, and ‘Magnificent. Strikingly original and highly entertaining‘ by the Guardian, don’t miss your chance to experience this ‘One-of-a-kind masterpiece‘ (Vogue), in London this summer for a one-time only limited season.

A Strange Loop is the story of Usher. He’s a black gay man… writing a musical about a black gay man… writing a musical about a black gay man… surrounded by his chorus of six larger than life ‘Thoughts’ playing the characters in Usher’s mind, from self-berating entities like ‘Daily Self Loathing’ to caricatured depictions of Usher’s parents, to six-packed fantasy men, all while Usher tries to write the musical that we’re watching.

A Strange Loop is ‘A musical for our times’ (The Telegraph), stuffed with catchy memorable songs full of triumphant melodies, ‘innovative storytelling’ and the must see performances of 2023.


Approx. 1hr 40 mins with no interval

Good To Know

Access Performances

• Tue 4 July 8pm – Audio described
• Wed 5 July 8pm - Captioned
• Tue 11 July 8pm - Signed
• Thu 3 August 2.30pm - Audio Described
• Wed 9 August 8pm - Captioned
• Thu 17 August 2.30pm - Signed

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Access Information

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Suitable For Children

16 years old +


4.4(8 reviews)
  • Cranks

    Sep 14, 2023

    Absolutely adored this crazy show. A no holds barred, unapologetic presentation of one fat, gay, black New Yorker's truth. Given the Broadway treatment, but not as you've ever seen it before. Brilliant witty lyrics. Sex. Religion. Race. Mental health. It's all there.

  • P

    Sep 7, 2023

    Great performance of a smart, intense and very funny show. A few technical gremlins in lighting and be good to finesses the balance between music and vocals so that they are clear.

  • Review

    Jul 22, 2023

    The play was funny, insightful and complex. The complexity of race and sexaulity. The letting go of something deep to you because you think it's right and fair.

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