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Our pick of the Ten Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events: June 2023

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.

June is all about unfettered QUEER JOY! Firstly it’s my birthday, so obviously that’s cause for celebration, but I guess more pertinently it’s Pride Month and there’s a plethora of LGBTQ+ cabaret events happening across the capital…

Saturday All Day Cabaret at Halfway to Heaven 

Every Saturday, from 4pm

Imagine never experiencing an all day and night of drag cabaret at the glorious Halfway! It doesn’t bear thinking about. Look, If you’re one of those who haven’t, pop it on the bucket list NOW! You can expect rousing shows from drag royalty such as Mrs Moore, Martha D’Arthur, Sandra, Rose Garden, Son Of a Tutu, to name just a few! Guv’nor Heather and her wonderful team makes sure that everyone feels welcome!

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Tube: Charing Cross

Like A Sturgeon: Indy Baby One More Time at Royal Vauxhall Tavern 

Friday 2nd, from 6.30pm

As political satire goes, Like A Sturgeon is up there with the best of them. I can guarantee that even if you don’t follow politics you’ll love this show. Part homage to Britney, part quest for Scottish independence, part SNP drama. Calum Ross who is the creator of Like A Sturgeon and Ripley always delivers expert  parodying and lip-syncing, with meticulously curated multimedia that adds an extra layer of artistry to the overall experience. I’ve never seen a Ripley show that I didn’t like. Pop that on yer poster, hen! 

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY 

Tube: Vauxhall

Back to the 80s at Ye Olde Rose and Crown 

Sunday 4th & 18th, from 6pm

Step back in time with fabulous drag artists and immerse yourself in the music and fun of one of the best decades ever! Great music, top entertainment and a gorgeous ambience awaits at this charming Greenwich gay boozer.

1 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ER

DLR: Cutty Sark

The Don One Show at The Glory 

Wednesday 7th, from 7.30pm

Brand new from one of the smoothest kings in the biz. For this inaugural outing, Don One is joined by fellow Brummie drag star Yshee Black and Don’s alter-ego Bad Lay-Dee. There will be a lot of laughs, lashings of camp chaos, singalongs and more!

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS

Overground: Haggerston

The Cab at Irish Cultural Centre 

Friday 9th, from 7pm

Sure this will be grand craic so it will (I can get away with that because I’m Irish). The Cab is a rare evening of wall-to-wall Irish music, drag and comedy — hosted by Derek Murphy with turns from Orla Nothin’, Marty Gleeson, Cormac Todd, Katie Pritchard and more.

5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT

Tube: Hammersmith

Sunday Cabaret with The D.E Experience and Sooz Kempner at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Sunday 11th, from 4pm

Two sensational cabaret artists take to the stage of this acclaimed venue for what promises to be a memorable day. Edna has the unique talent of being able to whip any RVT audience into a frenzy with a presence and voice that is unparalleled. While Sooz may be small in stature, her pitch-perfect voice is a joy to behold. Truly a dream double-bill. If you like powerful vocalists, this is definitely the event for you. With the legend that is DJ Simon Le Vans, plus guest DJ till midnight.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY 

Tube: Vauxhall

Snow White Trash at Two Brewers

Wednesday 14th, from 9pm

There’s always time for a midweek sax and sass session from the very talented Snow White Trash. As well as being an accomplished saxophonist, Snow has a great voice and charming persona. Clapham is calling!

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

Marsha Mallow at The Old Ship

Saturday 17th June, 9.30pm

An east end knees-up with the always brilliant Marsha Mallow. This artist fills each stage they perform on with sheer jubilation. As well as excelling at singing and cracking funnies, Marsha routinely serves glamazon realness. Sure ti be a show that leaves you feeling completely uplifted. What’s more, entry is free all night! Get yourself on the DLR to Limehouse and make a night of it.

17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW

DLR: Limehouse

Two Brewers Street Party

Saturday 24th, from noon

The crème de la crème of the UK cabaret scene converge on the Brewers for the venue’s now legendary annual street party which takes place outside (weather permitting). Always a great atmosphere. This time round there’ll be performances from Karla Bear, Mary Mac, Miss Jason, Sandra, Mrs Moore, Lady Imelda, Son Of a Tutu and more. No pre-booking required, just rock up on the day and pay!

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

Hi, Camp! Fun and Gaymes at The Bridge House Theatre 

Saturday 24th, 8pm

Drag starlets That Girl, Shar Cooterie and Ula Lah serve up a night of high-camp performances and myriad games for the whole queer family! Be sure to check out my interview with That Girl in this month’s print edition.

2 High Street, Penge, SE20 8RZ

Rail: Penge West

Make sure you catch Jason’s next 10 best picks for July right here next month or give him a follow right now @jasonreiduk.

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