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Royal Vauxhall’s 20th Anniversary UK Tour

Royal VauxhallDysphoria Arts presents ROYAL VAUXHALL: The untold story of Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury & Kenny Everett’s secret night out at London’s famous gay pub. Commemorating the 20th anniversary since Princess Diana’s death, a new cabaret musical on its Premiere UK Tour | 27th August – 5th October 2017.

In 1988, Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett reportedly helped Princess Diana escape the pressures of palace life by dressing her in drag and smuggling her into London’s notorious gay pub: the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Twenty years after her untimely demise and based on real accounts, Royal Vauxhall commemorates Diana’s death by reliving the night of her life.

As the princess, the clown and the rock king sing, drink and dance together, their wild night unfolds as the weight of responsibility and the spectre of AIDS looms over them.

Now the stuff of urban legend, details of the trio’s night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern first came to the fore in the 1998 autobiography of Cleo Rocos: the longtime collaborator of Kenny Everett. Royal Vauxhall irreverently opens up this infamous evening as three high-profile friends explore their sexuality, their mortality and the claustrophobia of Royal family life.

Royal Vauxhall was developed and first aired at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, the celebrated gay pub where this notorious event purportedly took place, and one of the few iconic gay cabaret venues still standing. The show was written partly in response to the widespread closing of iconic gay and gay friendly pubs and clubs in London and around the country. It explores the need for safety and sanctuary for minority communities, as well as for famous people who need a place to hide.

Royal Vauxhall stars international musical comedy sensation Carrie Marx as Princess Diana (The Segue Sisters, Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen), cabaret favourite Joe Morrow as Kenny Everett (Café de Paris, Bungabunga) and the Edinburgh Spotlight Best Cabaret Award-winning performer and MC Desmond O’Connor (BBC Radio One’s Fun and Filth & Scott Mills: The Musical). www.royalvauxhall.co.uk

ROYAL VAUXHALL UK Tour Dates
25 August
Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire shambalafestival.org

29 August Box Office: 01273 647100
Komedia, Brighton komedia.co.uk

30 & 31 August Box Office: 020 7820 1222
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London vauxhalltavern.com

3 September Box Office: 0845 293 8480
Komedia, Bath komedia.co.uk

6 & 7 September Box Office: 020 7820 1222
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London vauxhalltavern.com

15 September Box Office: 0844 854 2757
York Barbican, York yorkbarbican.co.uk

17 September
Holbeck Underground Ballroom (The HUB), Leeds

18 September Box Office: 07432 198 724
53Two, Manchester 53Two.com

19 September Box Office: 0117 902 0344
The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol thewardrobetheatre.com

21 September Box Office: 01603 598646
The Garage, Norwich thegarage.org.uk

5 October Box Office: 0115 807 7900
Spiegel tent, Nottingham gigantic.com

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