NOVEL ABOUT GAY THEATRE IN THE 1960S www.lulu.com/shop/robert-patrick/temple-slave/paperback/product-14710156.html Totally romanticized fiction recreating the atmosphere of the first days of underground or Off-Off Broadway theater in New York in the 1960s. ANNOTATED EDITION. Highly adult content. "...you must read this book. It draws such a tragic, and, in a way, noble portrait of Mr. Buono. It leads the reader, almost against his will, into a deep sympathy with this strange man who tried to comfort, to encourage and to feed both the worthy and the worthless...it is impossible not to mourn for this man--impossible not to praise this book." (Quentin Crisp)
Silkstalkings - that is a great question (though I can see you're happy with the offer of 60s off-broadway).
No-one seems to have written a biography of Lindsay Kemp, or a book about that whole era and cultural area in Britain. I was searching the internet a short while ago, after having read a whole bundle of 60s counter-cultural "lives".
Yes it was probably his appearance in last week's Bowie documentary that started my train of thought. I want to be taken there! Shy young queer moves to swinging London and finds a whole new world, mentors, a manual for how to get away with it all and not be arrested, the catty quips, the theatre luvvies, double lives, Palare, raids on public loos, 'the whole rough & tumble of homosexual life' to quote Father Ted.
Not specifically about Gay Theatre scene, but Pip Granger's first four novels are set in and around Soho in the 50s, they are semi-autobiographical, and some of her characters are involved in the club and theatre scene. They are also great novels, funny and sad and with good plots, and ever so well written too. Her actualy autobiography is called "Alone" and the novels are "Not All Tarts are Apple" and "The Widow Ginger", with "Trouble in Paradise" as a side story so to speak, and "No Peace for the Wicked" following on several years after Widow Ginger.