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Clocktopus Cabaret: Night of 1000 Tentacles – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Creators: Clocktopus Cabaret Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Cabaret has become a catch-all term for what we once called a Variety Show. In what used to be primarily a singing and dancing show, often with burlesque, has now evolved into a broader collection of entertainments, occasionally welded together within an overarching theme or story. Using the Lovecraft Festival as their inspiration, Clocktopus ...

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Sinatra: Raw – Live at Zedel, London

Created and directed by: Richard Shelton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There are plenty of Frank Sinatra impersonators out there, but there is only one Richard Shelton. With the popularity of touring shows including Rat Pack and its spin-off sequels including Christmas with the Rat Pack and The Rat Pack: Live in Las Vegas, as well as any number of tribute acts this is ...

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The Clementine Show: Christmas Special – The Crazy Coqs, London

Creator: Mark Mander   Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The Crazy Coqs at Brassiere Zédel in Piccadilly Circus must be the classiest joint in town with its impressive Art Deco interiors. Equally as impressive is the eclectic programming at the Crazy Coqs with singers, comedians, and even restaurant critics gracing the small stage in December. But one of the strangest acts appearing must be ...

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Stunning – Windmill Theatre, London

Reviewer:  Richard Maguire London’s iconic Windmill Theatre may be more famous for its naked ladies, but for the next four Sundays ladies of another kind have taken over the stage. Stunning is a brand new revue night featuring singing and dancing by some of the fiercest and sexiest drag queens in the city. The three main performers – with no programme ...

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Briefs: Close Encounters – Spiegeltent Leicester Square, London

Artistic Director: Fez Fa’anana Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There are some shows that exist entirely in their own space, often combining different performance arts, and impossible to rate on anything except their own terms. Arriving at the Spiegeltent in Leicester Square until the New Year, Briefs latest Boylesque-meets-circus-meets-drag show Close Encounters is exactly that, a world apart, a high entertainment cabaret that ...

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A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Sad) – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Alex Mitchell Musical Director: Matthew Floyd Jones Reviewer: Andrea Allen A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) describes itself as “a hilarious cabaret show about depression that explains, sings, and throws glitter about how it’s ok not to be ok”. On paper, it sounds like car crash potential, the kind of show where the curtain ...

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There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame – Cadogan Hall, London

Musical Director: Adam Hoskins Reviewer: Scott Matthewman This one-off concert was, as emcee Lucy Dreaver reminded us on more than one occasion, a celebration of one hundred years of women in musical theatre. The reasoning for the rounding to an exact century is not clear – there’s certainly nothing in the 1918 musical calendar of particular note, unless one wishes ...

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Le Gateau Chocolat: Icons – Assembly Gardens, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Emily Hall Maya Angelou’s voice precedes Le Gateau Chocolat’s, making his entrance that much more dramatic when he descends the stairs in a black sequinned leotard with a wedding hat veiling his ever-long lashes. The notes of Katie Bush’s Running Up That Hill assure all newcomers that his voice is everything they had heard it was. The premise is ...

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