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BOYS WILL BE BOYS … but not always

Life’s anything but a drag when you star in La Cage aux Folles, the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical that brought queer life to the attention of theatre-goers for the very first time, way back in 1983. So as the iconic Cagelles return for their first ever UK tour, we put on a little more mascara to meet the show’s newest stars John Partridge and Adrian Zmed.

I never thought I’d actually be part of the show,” beams former EastEnders star John Partridge. He’s currently undertaking the monumental role of theatrical drag star Zaza – or Albin when he’s not in drag – in La Cage aux Folles.

As we discuss the surprising realisation that this is the first ever UK tour of the LGBT+ show, John keeps little hidden while revealing his love and admiration for this role. It is, as he points out repeatedly, the part of a lifetime.

“Albin is the Hamlet of musical theatre,” he excitedly giggles. “For an actor like me, that in itself is daunting enough and this material has given me a few sleepless nights. I will make him, my Zaza, my own. I’m different in my way from the Zaza’s you’ve seen before. I’m really different.”

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For this year's style issue we dress up Hollywood star Nico Tortorella who talks frankly about his bisexuality, his critically acclaimed podcast 'The Love Bomb' and much more. Also bursting out of this edition are 70 pages of spring/summer essentials , Gok Wan talking opera Divas and deep house and we talk to the leading men in the latest theatre revival of the classic 'La Cage aux Folles'. Elsewhere, rugby player Nick Younquest talks about being a face for Paco Rabane; LGBT+ advocate, activist, actor and legend Lord Michael Cashman gets real with us about mental health; and Mark Diakese becomes the first UFC athlete to pose for a gay publication.