The award-winning and much-loved La Soirée is thrilled to announce multiple new acts for its residency at the Aldwych Theatre, this winter, from 24 November 2017 to 3 February 2018. Featuring fabulous cabaret performers from across the globe, get ready to party with the newest incarnation of La Soirée’s infamous dysfunctional family as they revel in their posh new surroundings and make mischief in London’s glittering West End.
La Soirée’s heady cocktail of intimate cabaret, comedy, circus sideshow and contemporary variety is more potent than ever and this is their most daring line up to date. Putting the Aldwych Theatre in a spin, La Soirée will transform this traditional theatre into an intimate cabaret club with La Soirée’s much-loved, in-the-round seating still in place. So step in from the cold, leave your troubles at the door and prepare to be charmed, astonished and electrified by the very loveable crème de la crème of the cabaret world:
DAZZLING AND DANGEROUS DEBUTS INCLUDE:
THE CHILLY BROTHERS CRADLE ACT featuring NATHAN BRISCOE AND MAXIME BLANCKAERT
Maxime & Nathan, AKA The Chilly Brothers, share the passionate belief that art should constantly renew itself and defy the limits of reality. Hailing from the prestigious National Circus School of Montréal, together they have mastered the death defying art of the Russian Cradle. From Canada to France, Asia to the Baltic Sea they have captivated audiences with their perilously epic performance. You’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout their jaw-dropping and surreal display of human strength and precision.
MALLAKHAMB INDIA! featuring RAJESH AMRALE WITH RAJESH RAO
This phenomenal UK exclusive from Rajesh Amrale and Rajesh Rao, is straight from the streets of Mumbai. Mesmerising yet immensely powerful you’ll be astounded by the amazing and ancient art of Mallakhamb. Rarely performed outside of its homeland of India, this pair of awesome acrobats will blow you away with their extraordinary mix of unparalleled strength, sensational speed and spectacular skill.
This outrageously talented pair first caught La Soirée’s attention over five years ago and they have been nurturing this cultural exchange for all these years. La Soirée is beyond excited to finally see these two incredible talents debut on a West End stage and make their lifelong dream come true.
LEA HINZ on ARIAL HOOP
Watching the captivating Lea Hinz onstage, one would never have guessed that she nearly gave up the world of performing for medical school! Record-breaking, six-time German Rhythmic Gymnastics Champion, Lea’s fusion of enchanting grace and flexibility, combined with dynamic power and impressive strength, gives aerial hoop a unique spin! This dazzling aerial artist, will be sure to leave you feeling sky-high!
La Soiree London 2017 | Official Trailer
LJ MARLES on his unique TENSION STRAPS
With breath-taking balance and pinpoint precision, this home-grown Hackney talent is wowing audiences all over the world with his revolutionary new aerial concept. La Soirée brings you the exceptional Tension Straps! Entrancingly ethereal, LJ Marles is taking aerial straps to new heights; strength and grace coalesce for fearless physical feats which push the edge of aerial artistry.
MICHELE CLARK on HULA HOOP
This daringly dexterous hula-hooper has hypnotised crowds across the globe, from China to the US. Risky rotations, inexplicable illusions and a truly original performance make for her signature style. With unique skill and distinct flair, Michele Clark’s hoop tricks will spin you dizzy!
HAIRHANG by FANCY CHANCE
Fancy Chance has been hair hanging since 2007. Self-taught and a bit nuts for doing so, she’s been dangling by her locks, doing one woman shows, dragging it up as Prince, burlesque-clowning it and causing general mischief for over a decade around the UK and the globe.
HAND TO HAND featuring LEON FAGBEMI and KLODI DABKIEWICZ
Hailing from championship gymnastic backgrounds, this alluring pair unite for what makes the perfect partnership. Smouldering Leon, an ex-acrobatic gymnast, showcases sublime strength, and the fiery former rhythmic gymnast Klodi flaunts mind-bending flexibility. Together they share beautiful grace, outstanding balance, and sumptuous sensuality in their seductive and passionate hand to hand performance.
SYMONÉ on HULA HOOP
This high energy hula-hooper is renowned for her distinctive dancehall rhythms and electrifying voguing. Specialising in multi hoop performance Symoné inspires a legion of hula fans to take their first foray into the world of hoops. With her fierce and sassy attitude, she will have you on your feet and swinging your hips in solidarity. Symoné will join La Soirée from December onwards.
RETURNING FAVOURITES FROM THE DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY:
The inimitable Amy G is a legend of the international cabaret scene. A comic powerhouse with a spectacular voice, she’s been likened to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in one woman, and no, that’s not meant to be kinky. Amy G’s played in over 40 countries, 7 languages, and on La Soiree’s little red stage for over a decade. Whether she’s belting out high drama, getting down on roller skates, or blowing your mind with her golden kazoo, her intoxicating mix of virtuosic physical, musical and stand-up comedy will leave you astonished, dizzy, and giggling inappropriately.
CABARET DECADENSE featuring ANDRÉ-ANNE LE BLANC AND STEPHEN QUINLAN
Cabaret Decadanse features a cast of amazing characters who deliver breath-taking performances to a haunting soundtrack. These Montreal puppeteers opened the first London season at the Hippodrome in 2008 and are back for our first West End season. It’s a rollicking, sassy, sexy and hilarious puppet feast for adults, in which the puppeteers are as mesmerizing as the puppets themselves. Extraordinarily expressive, these creations are made from stuffed rags and scraps of material and are brought to vivid life through their brilliant choreography.
DAREDEVIL CHICKEN CLUB featuring JONATHAN TAYLOR AND ANNE GOLDMAN
After blowing the roof off the spiegeltent last year at Leicester Square, Daredevil Chicken Club are back. This Vegas couple has charmed crowds in over 36 countries, performing in a legion of languages, sharing love and laughter across the lands with their raucous comedy. Fusing raunchy slapstick and 80’s pop melodrama, this hilariously unforgettable duo will have your sides splitting with their vaudevillian verve, and matrimonial mischief. Marc and Svetlana (AKA Daredevil Chicken) are proof that what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas.
This Christmas will also be the first time that La Soirée is offering La Petite Soirée, a family-friendly, fun and daring hour-long show for cabaret fans of all ages that promises all the spirit of the Olivier Award winning entertainment but less of the sauce. La Petite Soirée will play at 3pm on Saturdays and throughout the Christmas holidays.
More artists for La Soirée and La Petite Soirée to be announced soon.
La Soirée and La Petite Soirée are presented by Brett Haylock, Mark Rubinstein and Mick Perrin.
Running Time: 2 hours
49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF
24th November 2017 to 3rd February 2018
Venue and Travel Information
49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF, United Kingdom
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Tube Lines: Bakerloo, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: From The Strand. Cross street where possible and go right. When you reach the fork, turn left onto Aldwych.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Bus Numbers: (Aldwych) RV1, X68, 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243; (Strand) 4, 9, 15, 26, 76, 176, 341
Car Park: Drury Lane, Parker Street
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets, Wheelchair accessible
Alwdych Theatre Brief History
When the area between Wellington Street, Strand and Fleet Street was rebuilt in the latter years of the nineteenth century, much of London’s old theatre land was removed. The present-day streets of Aldwych and Kingsway were built, with plans being made for the building of two theatres with identical facades along the Aldwych. One was to be built on the corner of Catherine Street, and the other on the corner of Drury Lane. Between the two theatres the fabulous Waldorf hotel.
The Aldwych Theatre was designed by W G R Sprague and constructed by Balham’s Walter Wallis for Seymour Hicks. The Aldwych theatre began with a production of Blue Bell, a new version of Hicks’ well-liked pantomime Bluebell in Fairyland. In 1906, The Beauty of Bath, then followed in 1907 by The Gay Gordons. In February 1913 the theatre was utilized by Serge Diaghilev and Vaslav Nijinsky for rehearsals of Le Sacre du Printemps before its controversial premiere in Paris later on that year.
In 1920, Basil Rathbone played the part of Major Wharton in The Unknown. From 1925-1933, it turned into the home of farces by Ben Travers’s, often also referred to as The Aldwych Farces. Travers’ company contained Ralph Lynn, Tom Walls, Yvonne Arnaud, Norma Varden, Mary Brough, Winifred Shotter and Robertson Hare. In 1933, Richard Tauber presented and starred in a new adaptation of Das Dreim derlhaus, under the title Lilac Time. From the mid-1930s until around 1960, the theatre was owned by the Abrahams.
During the post-war years Vivien Leigh, who had won an Academy Award for the film version of the same name, appeared in a 1949 London production of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by her husband, Laurence Olivier, with Bonar Colleano co-starring as Stanley.
On 15th December 1960, it was announced that the RSC of Stratford-upon-Avon was to base its London productions at the Aldwych Theatre for the next three years. They then stayed for more than 20 years, eventually moving to the Barbican Arts Centre in 1982. Among many significant productions were The Wars of the Roses, The Greeks, and Nicholas Nickleby, together with many Shakespeare productions.
During absences of the RSC, the theatre hosted the annual World Theatre Seasons, with international plays in their original productions, invited to London by the theatre impresario Peter Daubeny, annually from 1964 to 1973 and finally in 1975. For his involvement with these seasons, performed without any Arts Council or other official financial support, Daubeny won the Evening Standard Special Award in 1972. The Aldwych Theatre was listed as a Grade II listed building on 20th July 1971.
In 1990-91, British actress Joan Collins starred in Private Lives. Since 2000, the theatre has hosted a variation of plays, comedies and musical theatre productions. With Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Whistle Down the Wind playing until 2001, and Fame enjoying an extended run from 2002 to 2006. From that time, the venue has hosted Dancing in the Streets, which subsequently moved to the Playhouse Theatre and since September 2006 has been the home to the British musical version of Dirty Dancing by Eleanor Bergstein. Currently playing is the world premiere of Top Hat the stage musical.
RECENT and CURRENT PRODUCTIONS
A Round-Heeled Woman (30 November 2011 – 14 January 2012)
Top Hat the Musical (April 2012 – 26 October 2013) by Irving Berlin
Stephen Ward the Musical (December 2013 – March 2014 ) by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (25 February 2015 – )