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Jason Reid picks the best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events this November!

Every month cabaret supremo Jason Reid trawls through the upcoming events so you don’t have to, and picks his cream of the crop for Gay London Life. November is chock-a-block with variety and stellar line-ups…

Dolly Diamond’s Cabaret & Cocktails at Ku

Dolly Diamond’s Cocktails and Cabaret at Ku Bar

Every Sunday, 7pm

The diva from down under is taking over Ku Bar every Sunday evening until Christmas, accompanied by John Dunn on piano. Expect sharp witted repartee and big cabaret numbers as well as a gorge selection of cocktails and mocktails. It’s heartening to see more venues properly investing in LGBTQ+ cabaret — please support them if you can.

Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA

Tube: Leicester Square

News Review at Phoenix Arts Club

Newsrevue – The World’s Oldest Running Comedy Show at Phoenix Arts Club

Friday 5th, 7pm

Without doubt one of the best live satire shows out there, it has been for a long time. The devil is in the meticulous writing and being bang up to date with what’s happening in the world. If, like me, you’re completely obsessed with current affairs, and poking fun at the establishment and celebrity culture, then Newsrevue is definitely for you. Starring Gabrielle de Saumarez, Phoebe Batteson-Brown, Chris Fearns and Eoin McKenna.

1 Phoenix St, WC2H 8BU

Tube: Leicester Square

ABBA Attack at Halfway to Heaven

ABBA Attack at Halfway to Heaven

Friday 5th, from 8pm

Take a chance on Halfway this bonfire night! A night of dancing (and singing) queens who will be celebrating the release of ABBA’s hugely anticipated new album, Voyage. Shows from resident cabaret artists Miss Penny and Miss Moppe, plus DJ Jonny Pablo will be playing tracks from the new album and the best of ABBA’s back catalogue.

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Tube: Charing Cross

HotHaus Drag at Retro Bar

HotHaus Drag: The London Show at Retro Bar

Thursday 11th, from 7pm

A brand new night to the London cabaret scene, fronted by drag and burlesque artists L’amour Le Monde and Kenzie Blackheart. This event takes place at one of the smallest LGBTQ+ venues, but one with a HUGE amount of heart. There’ll be turns from Carrot, Flick, Mistamiss Sirene and Umami Monaé.

2 George Ct, WC2N 6HH

Tube: Charing Cross

The Doll Haus at Phoenix Arts Club

La Belle Presents The Doll Haus Birthday Special at Phoenix Arts Club

Wednesday 10th, from 8pm

An extra special edition of The Doll Haus with performances from Drag Race star Krystal Versace, La Belle, Tyreece, Shania Pain, Crystal Lubrikunt, Dosa Cat and Flesh. Jam-packed full of variety and campery! Well worth the ticket price.

1 Phoenix St, WC2H 8BU

Tube: Leicester Square

Veda Lady & Mark T Cox at The Glory

Veda Lady and Mark T. Cox at The Glory

Friday 12th, from 7pm

Two Irish cabaret legends are reunited after two years apart. This is bound to be an absolute riot so it is! Billed as a night of camp songs and high fashion, all under the roof of East London’s queer palace of performance and art.

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS

Overground: Haggerston

Take To The Stage With Pride

Take to the Stage with Pride at Gillian Lynne Theatre

Tuesday 16th, 7.30pm

The cabaret superstars of the past eight sensational years of Pride’s Got Talent — a competition which supports, nurtures and shines a spotlight on emerging LGBT+ artists — take to the West End for one night only. Hosted by the incomparable Michael Twaits. I don’t want to blow their horn, so to speak, but anything they’ve got a hand in is a must-see in my humble opinion. Reigning Pride’s Got Talent champions Henry Newbury and Frankly Desire will be performing, as well as Smashlyn Monroe, LaMont, Charlie George, Adam All and more.

166 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PW

Tube: Covent Garden

King Of Clubs

Kings of Clubs at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Wednesday 24th, from 7pm

Nothing but drag king excellence across the board at Kings of Clubs, which is one of RVT’s flagship cabaret nights. The smooth as silk Frankie Sinatra hosts, plus there’ll be performances from West End star Don One, Daddy Drag, Phoenix Saint, Orlando, Doraian T. Fisk, Oedipussi and Richard Melanin the Third.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall

5 A Day Cabaret at The Two Brewers

5-A-Day Cabaret with Carrot at Two Brewers

Sunday 28th, from 7pm

Carrot has really been on a roll recently, and long may it continue! I’m delighted for them. I backed them enthusiastically behind the scenes a few years ago during Drag Idol judging. One of the greatest pleasures is seeing artists develop and find their place in cabaret — and there’s space for everyone. Carrot is back in Clapham at the end of the month with a lineup of 5 cabaret legends.

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

World AIDS Day Charity Fundraiser at The William Morris Bar

World AIDS Day Charity Fundraiser at The William Morris Bar

Sat 27th, from 5.30pm

Amazingly there’s 15 acts lined up to perform at this fundraiser. And It’s all for an amazing cause: HIV charity, Positive East. I’ve used their services in the past. So I know they carry out vital work. The whole shebang is hosted by Victoria Sponge, with guest spots from Krystal Ball, Linda Bacardi, Misty Lee, Electric Blue and more! The venue is just a brisk mince from Walthamstow station.

807 –  811 Forest Road, E7 4JD

Tube: Walthamstow Central

Make sure to catch up with Jason’s best cabaret events this holiday season.. coming soon!

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