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.
With some of the best established and up-and-coming cabaret artists in the world, London’s cabaret scene never fails to deliver even during quieter months like August. So let’s see what has piqued my interest this month…
Drag Queen Power Ballads at Phoenix Arts Club with Moira Less
Every Friday, from 10pm
I was completely blown away by Moira Less when I was a judge at this year’s Pride’s Got Talent. She has the most stunning and distinctive vocal style, and any queen that can sing Celine Dion numbers note perfect (my favourite female vocalist of all time btw so I know my Celine) is someone that comes highly recommended from me. Moira is definitively one to watch!
Tube: Leicester Square
Dee Chanelle’s Saturday POParazzi Party at Zodiac Bar
Every Saturday, from 8pm
Saturday night, I feel the air is getting hot…at this glorious North London LGBTQ+ venue. Hosted by the sublime Dee Chantelle, who always exudes pure joy, you can expect a warm welcome and live music from Dee, plus every week there’s a guest drag artist who will keep you entertained till it’s time to boogie the rest of the night away in the club downstairs which goes till 2am.
Tube: Euston/Warren St
The Haram Show at The Glory
Friday 4th, from 7.30pm
Hosted by Maxy Black and starring Lujane Oud, Duniya Dhoom, Cairo Ali and Turkish D’Light, The Haram Show is an all-SWANA (southwest asian north african) drag night full of comedy, glamour and exuberance!
Ruby Violet at The Old Ship
Sunday 6th, 9.30pm
High camp singalongs, party medleys and lashings of good-natured bawdy banter from drag star Ruby Violet to round off the weekend. The Old Ship is an archetypal east end pub which is overflowing with character, catering primarily to LGBTQ+ people but everyone is welcome. Limehouse (2 mins walk) has good public transport links too if you’re coming from another part of London.
Mother Tucking Tuesdays at Halfway to Heaven
Tuesday 8th, from 8.30pm
An evening with cabaret leading light Mrs Moore always feels like one with a dear friend because she learnt her trade from the best and as such, knows how to perfectly connect with a cabaret audience through song, storytelling and laughter. Gorge venue and ambience. Free entry all night.
Tube: Charing Cross
David Hoyle – Atelier – Show One at Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Thursday 10th, from 7pm
Not just a cabaret show, but a profound collective healing experience and opportunity to expel the angst associated with present-day living. People now throw around the word icon so nonchalantly which is incredibly irksome, but in David Hoyle is the very essence of an icon. David understands the human experience so well. You can expect music, improvised monologues and satire, live art, and a truly unforgettable night. Take someone with you who’s never been to a David Hoyle show! Like your nan.
House of Kraving’s Dulce’s Cumback at The Glory
Saturday 12th, from 7pm
The mesmerising Italian queen of east london, Keela Kraving, returns with a bumper night of queer fun and special guests. With a running time of two hours, this is great value for money. Plus, post-show you can party the rest of the night away upstairs!
Khandi Shop Kings Edition at Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Friday 18th, from 6pm
Ahoy matey, it’s a sea themed Khandi Shop cabaret captained by marvellous Mahatma Khandi, and flanked by a loyal crew of kings — Cyro, Oedipussi Rex, Sigi Moonlight and Mark Anthony. On this voyage you can expect duos, trios, group numbers, and a rich bounty of seafaring shenanigans. Also, check out my interview with Cyro in the print edition of this month’s magazine.
Pam Ann – World Hold On at Two Brewers
Friday 18th & Sunday 20th, 7pm and 4pm respectively
Two chances to see queen of the skies Pam Ann at her London cabaret home. Outrageous humour and years of astute aviation observations make for a fantastic night out. And these shows tend to sell out fast, so don’t hang about!
Tube: Clapham North
BOiBOX Drag King Cabaret – 10th Anniversary Show at Phoenix Arts Club
Sunday 20th, from 7.30pm
A pioneering drag king cabaret night celebrates ten magnificent years of being at the forefront of showcasing kings and changing the perspective of LGBTQ+ drag and cabaret audiences. Hosted by the always iridescent and entertaining drag power couple Adam All and Apple Derrieres, with performances from Kemah Bob, Beau Jangles, Brent Would, Sigi Moonlight and Pre-T Boy. Happy Birthday, BOiBOX, here’s to many more decades of drag king excellence!
Tube: Leicester Square
Jason will be back with another Ten of the Best in September. Give him a cheeky follow @jasonreiduk