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Laura-Doe’s Vaudeville of the Vulva – Bread and Roses, London

Writer: Laura-Doe, Anando Bharti and Robert Grayson Director:  Penelope Chater Reviewer:  Richard Maguire There are quite a few vulvas – or should that be vulvae as Laura-Doe insists? – in London at the moment. Last month we had the lyrical Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself at the Ovalhouse Theatre, and opening later this month at ...

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Overtures at Bishopsgate Institute – Bishopsgate Institute, London

Conductor: Freddie Tapner Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Earlier this year, Overtures Piano Bar opened regularly following a 2018 pop-up version, named after the famed New York bar Marie’s Crisis, was so successful. The format is simple: a pianist with a large musical theatre repertoire plays show tunes and the audience sings along. Since opening, the Marble Arch venue has gained popularity ...

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Bernie Dieters Little Death Club – Southbank’s Underbelly Festival, London

Director: Tom Velvick Reviewer: Sophia Moss “You see, it’s beautiful. This is what tonight is all about!” purrs Bernie Dieter as she thrusts her crotch into an audience members face. The Little Death Club is a beautifully irreverent tribute to Weimer era dens of iniquity which celebrate the "punk, freak and weirdo in all of us". Bernie Dieter’s show features ...

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Liza Pulman Sings Streisand – Lyric Theatre, London

Musical Director: Joseph Atkins Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Monday is the new Friday at the Lyric Theatre and for tribute acts this is fast becoming a key West End destination for a variety of touring shows dedicated to well-known artists. Giving the cast of Thriller an extra night off, with past shows already being dedicated to Neil Diamond, Simon and Garfunkel and, ...

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Anne Steele: Made Out of Stars – Crazy Coqs, London

Performer: Anne Steele Musical Director: William TN Hall Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Ever since The Greatest Showman hit cinemas, Pasek and Paul’s songs from the film have come to dominate the cabaret circuit. At least, the self-affirming This Is Me has. New York singer-songwriter Anne Steele, at the Crazy Coqs for two nights to promote her EP Made Out of Stars, opens her ...

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Scottee: Fat Blokes – Home, Manchester

Choreographer: Lea Anderson Director: Scottee Reviewer: Matt Forrest Scottee: Fat Blokes’ poster claims it’s a dance show of sorts, but in reality, it’s so much more than that: a rebellion, a call to arms, call it what you will, but certainly don’t call it ‘brave’. This is a cabaret show like no other: sure, there is dance, comedy, even a ...

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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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