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We pick ten of the Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events: November 2022

Our very own cabaret aficionado Jason Reid peruses the upcoming cabaret events every month so you don’t have to, and picks his cream of the crop for Gay London Life.

Here we are in November, friends, and the weather is most certainly on the turn as my dear Irish mother always says. So while it takes that extra bit of effort to prize oneself from the sofa, you’ll be certainly glad you did for these cracking cabaret events…

Play Your Cards Right with Miss Penny at Halfway to Heaven

Every Wednesday, from 8.30pm

Join the outrageous and very funny Miss Penny for a night of singalongs and giveaways. If this doesn’t get you over the hump of the week, I don’t know what will. What I love about Halfway, as well being incredibly warm, is how centrally located it is. The venue is within staggering distance of several tube stations, and I should know because I’ve done that stagger on many occasions. Miss Penny is a pro through and through and this is midweek cabaret at its best.

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Tube: Charing Cross

 

Bar Wotever at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Tuesday 1st, 15th & 29th, from 7pm

No two nights are ever the same at Bar Wotever. The longest running residency at the world-famous south London LGBTQ+ venue showcases practically every style of queer performance you can imagine. Each event includes upwards of half a dozen artists, which makes Bar Wotever exceptional value for money. Programmed by Lysander Dove who does a brilliant job of keeping the lineups varied and inclusive.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall

Drag Live! @ The Glory

Wednesday 2nd, 8pm

After years of searching for the best lip-sync and king talent, The Glory switches it up briefly for this one-off spectacular hosted by Grace Shush. Six live artists will perform for industry judges, and a chance to walk away with £300 in cold hard cash (that would really come in handy in this economy, right?), plus paid gigs at the National Theatre River Stage and other Glory events.

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS

Overground: Haggerston

Miss Jason: 25 Years In The Business at Two Brewers

Friday 4th, from 7pm

The queen of camp is joined by her friends and fans from across the capital to celebrate 25 glorious years of spreading joy everywhere she goes. Staged at Miss Jason’s customary London hangout, Two Brewers, you can expect a cornucopia of rousing musical numbers and wicked tales, with the party continuing till late. Here’s to another 25, dear!

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

Keela Kraving’s Grand Show at The Glory 

Saturday 5th, from 7pm

Italian hostess extraordinaire Keela Kraving serves up another irresistible slice of their popular Grand Show which features the best up-and-coming kings and queens and everything in between. This cabaret is a lot of fun!

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS

Overground: Haggerston

Mrs Moore at The Old Ship

Saturday 5th, from 9.30pm

A queen who has showbiz coursing through every vein in her body. And no matter what’s going on in the world or how she feels, Mrs Moore ALWAYS puts on one hell of a camp show! That’s why she’s loved across the London scene and beyond. Kick back, relax and enjoy the show-tunes and shots in this convivial east end gem. The perfect end to any weekend.

17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW

DLR: Limehouse

Ava Cardo at Ye Olde Rose and Crown

Friday 11th, from 10pm

Whether you’re local or not, this wonderful Greenwich venue is always worth a visit. Tonight, Ava Cardo will be on hand with lashings of singalongs and cheeky repartee. Get down there early to grab a good dancing spot! (Also, check out my interview with Ava in this month’s print edition).

1 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ER

DLR: Curry Sark

Barbra Brownskirt – Hot Pop Socks at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Friday 18th, from 6pm

The Judi Dench loving bard of Penge is back at the tavern with a show cram-packed with punky poetry and comedy. Extra special guests this time round are star and writer of the West End show Death Drop, Holly Stars, and drag sensation Cyro. Barbra is a fantastic comedy character, so this show is bound to very enjoyable.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall

Kings of Clubs at Royal Vauxhall Tavern 

Wednesday 23rd, from 7pm

Drag kings as far as the eye can see! This edition of the hugely popular Kings Of Clubs features performances from Len Blanco, Cyro, Christian Adore, Franko the Dick Tator, Justin Time For Christmas, Richard Melanin the Third, Kallum Kiraly, Julia and Shaun the Cheap. Pheeeww! How’s that for a line-up? As always, dashing host and producer Frankie Sinatra will be at the helm.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall

World AIDS Day Fundraiser at Halfway to Heaven 

Sunday 27th, from 3pm

Hosted by Halfway drag royalty Crystal D’Canter and Kelly Milld with special guests, this special edition of CK Sunday is in aid of Positive 21 which is a group aimed at providing emotional support and advice to gay, bisexual and MSM men living with HIV/AIDS. A very worthwhile cause indeed. You can expect a packed afternoon/evening of top quality drag cabaret entertainment and fundraising.

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Tube: Charing Cross

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