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.
The best month of the year is here, not just because my birthday is in June, but it’s also Pride month and there’s some Jubilee thing going on. From traditional drag to spoken word and poetry, via avant garde cabaret, I’ve covered a wide spectrum of events, so let’s check out where you need to be…
Busy Lady Bingo at the Retro Bar
Every Sunday, from 7pm
Without doubt one of the most hilarious bingo nights in the capital. Sheila Simmonds as camp-as-tits host and the woman with her hands firmly on the balls, is a total riot. This sensible-shoed Aussie is blessed with the gift of the gab; you certainly won’t be bored. Loads of naff camp prizes and a cash jackpot up for grabs!
2 George Ct, WC2N 6HH
Tube: Charing Cross
Jubilee Day at the Duke of Wellington
Thursday 2nd, from 3.30pm
Spend the day surrounded by queens and kings and an endless supply of booze. Look, it’s the beginning of a rare 4 day weekend and the telly will be wall-to-wall sycophancy, so this will be much more fun. Cabaret comes courtesy of Brighton Belle Lola Lasagne at 3.30pm, and one of the UK’s top drag kings, LoUis CYfer at 5pm. Followed by DJ Sheila Simmonds and David Robson. Goes till 1am!
77 Wardour St, London W1D 6QB
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
David Hoyle: Tiara at Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Thursday 2nd, from 7pm
An alternative way to ‘celebrate’ the Jubilee with the avant grade force of nature that is David Hoyle. There will be scorn and song, humour and rage, and all with an anti-establishment vein running through the night. David has been known to be very unpredictable, meandering his way through stirring monologues, but one thing is for certain — this will be a jubilee gathering like no other that you won’t forget in a hurry.
372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY
Flat & the Curves at Above the Stag
Friday 3rd, 7.45pm
Four fabulous divas explore modern feminism with songs about sex, scandal and sisterhood. Expect a magnificent night of hilarity and full-frontal vulgarity, with smatterings of jazz, pop and even light erotic operetta — no genre or subject is too risqué or off-limits. Go with an open mind and you’ll have a ball!
72 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP
BOiBOX West End at Phoenix Arts Club
Sunday 5th, from 7.30pm
Drag superstars Adam All and Apple Derrieres return with their acclaimed drag king showcase. Featuring performances from Freddie Love, LoUis CYfer, Shardeazy Afrodesiak and Sigi Moonlight. A cracking lineup of talented cabaret artists at a beautiful venue. What’s not to love!
1 Phoenix St, WC2H 8BU
Tube: Leicester Square
Bendalecreme is… Ready To Be Committed at Leicester Square Theatre
Tuesday 7th – Saturday 11th, 9.30pm
Dela is one of my favourites to have emerged from RPDR, and in this new show she presents a hilarious and heartfelt narrative cabaret that intersperses burlesque, comedy, and original music with her signature Terminally Delightful charm.
6 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BX
Tube: Leicester Square
Cabaret Sauvignon: #SummerWine at Colours Hoxton
Saturday 18th, from 6.30pm
Headed by the always effervescent drag and burlesque sensation Dolly Trolley, this revue showcases a cross-section of queer art, with an all-star lineup that’s yet be revealed (keep an eye on Dolly’s socials). Dolly is a superb compère, so this is bound to be a lot of fun.
2 Hoxton Square, N1 6PD
Tube: Old Street
Prides Got Talent Grand Final 2022 at Her Majesty’s Theatre
Sunday 26th, 6pm
It doesn’t get much bigger that this! Celebrating 10 years of Pride’s Got Talent, and the culmination of another sensational year at a renowned London theatre, hosted by Michael Twaits — the queen steeped in glamour who weaves the competition together so effortlessly — with a panel of industry judges who will be scrupulously casting their eyes over the finalists. For the first time, the music and cabaret categories will be contested on the same night meaning even more bang for your buck. Five music artists, and five cabaret artists will take to the stage. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment!
Haymarket, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4QL
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Poetry LGBT – Pride Month Special at Two Brewers
Wednesday 29th, from 7pm
A bumper night of Pride poetry, spoken word and song from up to 20 new and established queer artists. Everyone is welcome. Spoken word nights can be exceptionally enriching and empowering; if you’ve never been to one why not start here.
114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ
Tube: Clapham North
What’s Good Cabaret Presents Shakona Fire Volume 1 at The Glory
Thursday 30th, from 7.30pm
The Political Princess of London reminisces on their first year in drag. Shakona Fire is a formidable artist who puts their heart and soul into each performance. This brand new show promises to be candid like never before, and you can expect super-slick dance and lip-sync routines.
281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS
Catch Jason next month with another round-up of the best cabaret or follow him throughout the month on his Instagram@jasonreiduk