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JASON REID’S Ten of the Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events this December

Every month cabaret supremo Jason Reid trawls through the upcoming cabaret events so you don’t have to, and picks his cream of the crop for Gay London Life.  December is always the busiest month of the year by far, with a whole host of seasonal shows and cabarets taking place across the capital…

CK Sunday at Halfway to Heaven

Every Sunday, from 3.30pm

A firm and reliable favourite. CK Sunday is one of the longest running cabaret residences in the capital, and still going stronger than ever. Drag stalwarts Crystal D’Canter and Kelly Mild serve up fabulous singalongs, with a side helping of camp repartee. CK’s big Christmas party is on the 19th.

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Tube: Charing Cross

Dick Whittington at Phoenix Theatre 

Sunday 5th and 12th, 7pm

Sunday 19th, 3pm and 7pm

An adult twist on the traditional Dick take. If the script is as impressive as the cast, we’re in for a real treat. Written by skilled comedian Gareth Joyner, and starring RuPaul’s Drag Race UK finalist Kitty Scott Claus, Yshee Black (read my interview with Yshee in December’s print edition), Choriza May, Cheryl Hole, Karen from Finance, Beau Jangles, Richard Energy, Ophelia Love, and last but by no means least — mischievous icon Holly Stars.

Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road

Harry Poppers and the TERF Child at Two Brewers

Various dates throughout December

Something for the musical theatre and fantasy fans. After the defeat of the evil and camp Lord Voldemort, Harry and the gang are back at Hogwanks School just in time for Christmas. Playing in the backroom of the Brewers which doubles as a fancy cabaret space. Except dramatic twists and turns, double entendres and shedloads of sequins from Tia Kofi, Pixie Polite, Woe Addams and co.

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

Pricked at Royal Vauxhall Tavern 

Various dates and times throughout December

The award-winning RVT panto is synonymous with LGBTQ+ Christmas in London. Now in its 15th consecutive year, this year’s offering — written by Paul Joseph and Tim Benzie — is billed as Sleeping Beauty got Woke and stars Lucy Penrose, Joe Hartley, Chantelle St Clair, Grant Cartwright and Charlie Wood. Ideal for those who love a large portion of seasonal smut.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall

Lèse Majesté Queermas at The Ivy House

Thursday 9th, from 7pm

The cabaret dedicated to drag kings and things heads south of the river for a special queermas showcase. Featuring performances from Prinx Silver, Romeo De La Cruz, Richard Melanin the III, Richard Energy, and Tito Bone. A lineup worth venturing out for!

40 Stuart Road, SE15 3BE

Rail: Nunhead or Brockley

Queefy Christmas at Above the Stag 

Tuesday 14th, 7.30pm

Creator and host of Queefy, Rhys’s Pieces is one of my favourite performers on the LGBTQ+ cabaret circuit. They always serve up the most, every routine full of fire and fervour. I’ve enjoyed watched their growth immensely over the past few years. Performing alongside Rhys at this show will be an assortment of queer cabaret stars including Chiyo and Asher Fynn.

72 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP

Tube: Vauxhall

The Dina Martina Christmas Show at Soho Theatre

Tuesday 14th – Thursday 30th, 9.15pm

There is absolutely no-one like Dina Martina. It’s great to see them back on our shores for this limited run of their popular holiday show. If you’ve never experienced a Dina show, now is the time to rectify that — you’ll be glad you did. Trust me. Madcap, surreal and utterly inspired.

21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE

Tube: Tottenham Court Road

An Evening with Vangelis Polydorou at Above the Stag 

Thursday 16th, 7.30pm

Star of the Voice UK and recent support artist to Culture Club, Vangelis Polydorou takes to the cabaret stage for one night only. This is a singer who is blessed with a truly beautiful voice. Vangelis will be performing tracks from his new album  — co-written with Boy George — as well as some of his favourite songs that everyone knows and loves. Sure to be a special night with some surprises along the way.

72 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP

Tube: Vauxhall

Bette’s Christmas Christmas Party at Halfway to Heaven 

Tuesday 21st, from 8pm

A rare treat! Bette doesn’t perform very often these days, except when she’s wheeled out on the odd occasion to entertain the Halfway revellers. Like visiting your eccentric great aunt who loves dancing around the lounge to all the old classics, this will be a good old fashioned, no-nonsense cabaret knees-up.

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Tube: Charing Cross

HO HO HO Festive Cabaret with Sandra at Admiral Duncan 

Thursday 23rd, from 9.30pm

Hear her now! Infamous Hampstead Heath bush rustler and cabaret superstar, Sandra will be giving her all, as she always does, in this special festive edition of her Thursday residency. Expect plenty of camp Christmas numbers, with a few dance bops thrown in for good measure, trademark mucky bantering and high spirits galore.

54 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UB

Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Jason will be back with his ten of the best again in the New Year

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