Bernie Dieter’s ‘punk kabarett’ act headlines the Southbank’s Underbelly Festival with a perfect blend of classical Weimar subversion and modern escapism. For the purist, LITTLE DEATH CLUB has all the essential high-quality cabaret features: torch song, droll drag comedy, circus spectacle and - with added frisson for a British venue - extra-butt-clenchingly … [Read more...]
London Cabaret Reviews - West End and Off-West End
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The Black Cat Cabaret Presents Black Cat: Bohemia
Well, the first thing it has is a truly magnificent compere in the shape of Miss Frisky (Laura Corcoran). Frisky by name and frisky by nature, Miss F is the perfect hostess. She could be described as a female drag queen, the costume and mannerisms are so reminiscent of the best drag performers you will see. Frisky ‘bantz’ with the audience, somehow being drawn to other theatrical types and wealthy men, all of whom can’t help but respond to her winning personality and charm. Not only that but Laura has an extremely good singing voice, which really comes into its own in powerful performances of Kate Bush’s “Wow” and Springsteen’s “Because the Night” all sung to the backing of the live band under the direction of James Keay.
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Circus shows are ten a penny these days You can barely walk the streets of London without running into another set of acrobats, jugglers and scary clowns vying with each other to get your attention and hard earned cash. Down on the South Bank, the Underbelly festival has had a few circus shows during this year’s run and now another has rolled into the Spiegeltent. So … [Read more...]
If you’ve followed Barry Humphries’ career this past half-century – and be honest, possums, most of you have – you won’t be entirely surprised by his idea of compiling and hosting an evening of music and song from the Weimar years. If you weren’t aware of quite how strong this preoccupation has been in the course of his life’s eight and a half decades, this is … [Read more...]
Of all the iconic divas that have graced the stage and recording studios, Barbra Streisand is probably one of, if not the most famous. With a career spanning over five decades, she has recorded nearly 40 albums, appeared in 18 films, won 8 Grammys and 3 Academy Awards. I could go on listing Streisand's achievements but there are only so many hours in the day. This is … [Read more...]
A happier, more enthusiastic Britney audience would be extremely hard to find as we stream into Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gorgeous The Other Palace Theatre in anticipation of our evening at Britney Spears: The Cabaret. A solitary grand piano is set on stage underneath a tumbling waterfall chandelier; we settle into the intimately-packed cabaret seats, the majority of … [Read more...]
After sell-out seasons in Australia, Britney Spears: The Cabaret arrives in London for one week only this Summer, playing in the Theatre at The Other Palace from Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 September 2017. Not so much a cabaret as a cry for help, Britney Spears: The Cabaret charts the rise and fall of the true Princess of Pop, and takes a satirical look at the perils … [Read more...]
It’s all about Harry Ledgerman (Henry Moss) in this delightful and delectable exploration of the cut-throat and ever-unforgiving entertainment industry, where anyone only seems to be as good as their last performance. It is not enough, Harry asserts, to be a ‘triple threat’, as there are so many singers-actors- dancers out there now that there must be a fourth … [Read more...]
I go to the theatre a lot, too much according to my friends and family, but this is a new experience for me. The back room of the Star Inn is packed and apart from the stage entirely lit by candlelight. Writing notes was not easy! James Shannon is on stage already playing the guitar when I arrive; the only other cast member, Pippa Winslow, swishes through the room … [Read more...]
A vintage circus tent on the Southbank is an unusual venue for a show; but then, Nocturne by Black Cat Cabaret is an unusual show. Combining burlesque dance, acrobatics, aerobatics, song and general circus madness, Nocturne takes you on a journey through the convoluted and disturbing dream-scape of a hapless commuter – Ben Cutler, in his BCC debut - who falls asleep … [Read more...]