Our very own cabaret guru 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. May is absolutely brimming over with gorgeous drag shows and queer art, we truly are spoiled, so let’s dive right in…
Tutu’s Divination at Zodiac Bar
Every Wednesday, 9pm
Bringing joy and laughter in abundance, Son Of a Tutu never fails to turn frowns upside down. A real gem of a performer. From 5pm till 9pm it’s happy hour with 50% off selected drinks. Get yer fill before the show!
119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE
Tube: Euston Square
L’amour Le Monde: A Celebration of Life at Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Friday 6th, from 6pm
One of the most vibrant London cabaret personalities of the last few years, that I had the honour of interviewing and working with, was L’amour Le Monde who sadly died last year. This celebration of L’amour will feature performances from various artists that she was close to. There will also be a raffle and some exclusive L’amour merch on sale. All profits from the night go to Harefield Transplant Hospital who looked after L’amour through surgeries. It was L’amour’s wish to have a “yellow, orange, fun show” so dress bright in her honour.
372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY
Queerovision #4 at The Glory
Monday 9th, from 8pm.
Eleven comedians each have 5 minutes to impressive the voting audience and special judge — drag King Arthur Itis — at this Eurovision-themed standup extravaganza. Everyone’s results are then revealed individually (we’re hoping with plenty of tension music) and the winner receives a glittery trophy, a guest appearance on the podcast Celebrity Prelash, and a headlining slot at the next Queerovision event. Hosted by the brilliant Lucien Jack, with halftime show courtesy of Harry Wright.
281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS
Eurovision Final with Mrs Moore and Marsha Mallow at Two Brewers
Saturday 14th, 8pm
It’s doesn’t get much camper than this! Camp queens extraordinaire Mrs Moore and Marsha Mallow will be on hosting duties providing the waggish commentary as the Eurovision Final is shown live on Two Brewers’ big screen. Free entry before 9pm, £8 after until 10pm, £9 after 10pm. Pitch up early to ensure your night goes with a boom-bang-a-bang, this will be a very busy one!
114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ
Tube: Clapham North
AIDS Memory UK: Yshee Black and Friends at Halfway to Heaven
Thursday 19th, from 7.30pm
A community fundraising and awareness event for the AIDS Memorial. Hosted by Yshee Black, with a whole host of fabulous drag and cabaret artists who are kindly giving up their time for this worthwhile cause. Presently the lineup includes Rose Garden, Dolly Diamond, Sugar Cube, Marsha Mallow, George the Dragon, Miss Joelle and Pussykat Bangkok. Free entry, donations encouraged, all welcome.
7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF
Tube: Charing Cross
Pecs: Spring King Fling at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
Friday 20th, from 9pm
The fantastic all-female/non-binary collective returns to serve up another cabaret/club extravaganza, but this time it’s a spring fling with a queer twist. Expect sultry lip-syncs, sexy dances, special drag guests and late-night dancing.
42-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB
Tube: Bethnal Green
ManUp Grand Final at The Clapham Grand
Wednesday 25th, from 7pm
Following 8 weeks of fierce heats at The Glory in which 100 of the country’s best drag kings competed, the ManUp Grand Final has arrived. 20 hopeful kings will take to the spectacular Grand stage, all vying for the for the ManUp crown and that £1000 cash prize. This is always one of the hottest events in town — grab a ticket while you can. Hosted by Chiyo and Don One.
21-25 St. John’s Hill, SW11 1TT
Overground: Clapham Junction
Prides Got Talent 2022: Cabaret Semi-Finals at Above the Stag
Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th, from 7pm
The talent competition that excels in variety and camaraderie hits the semi stages. Try and get along to one of these if you can, the standard this year is off the charts. Hosted by the always beguiling Michael Twaits. Free entry at all times.
72 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP
Like A Sturgeon: ABBA at Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Friday 27th, from 6.30pm
I think it should be compulsory to see at least one Like a Sturgeon show in your life. This time round yon Ripley will be ripping politicians of all stripes to pieces to the soundtrack of ABBA, assisted by special guests Vera Vogue and Frankie Sinatra. The concept and execution of sharp lip-syncing with meticulously edited multimedia is always a joy to behold.
372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY
Randy Roberts: One Of the Girls – Who’s One Of The Boys at Crazy Coqs
Monday 30th, 9.15pm
If you want to see perfectly honed, world-class female impersonation, book for this spectacular show immediately, with Cher, Joan Rivers and Florida’s Randy Roberts. Randy is one of the absolute best in the biz!
20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
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