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Our Ten Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events: December 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.

It’s the most wonderful time of the cabaret year! There’s a multitude of shows to choose from this December which means there’s a lot of fun to be had. From Christmas shindigs to New Years Eve knees-up, let’s dive right in…

Cracked: Snow White…With Extra Bite at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Various dates throughout December – check vauxhalltavern.com

The team at The RVT are now very adept at producing panto belters year after year, and they’ve done it again with this brilliant adult take on Snow White. Written by Paul Joseph (PopHorror) and Tim Benzie (Solve-along—a-murder-she-wrote), this show is a pure joy from start to finish, and packed with gags! Starring Lucy Penrose, Grant Cartwright, Charlie Wood, Josh Singh-Sian, Stewart Briggs, and directed by Tim McArthur.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall

Cabaret Sauvignon Vol 16: #Mulled at Colours Hoxton 

Saturday 3rd, from 7pm

Hosted by the gorgeous and gregarious Dolly Trolley, with a mega lineup of queer artists: Arabella Twist, Felix Le Freak, Foxy Blue, Frisky Whispers, Luspinda, Miss Chief and Mayhem, Miss Courtney and Oedipussi Rex! This edition is a festive fundraiser, supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse by fundraising for Behind Closed Doors.

2 Hoxton Square, N1 6PD

Tube: Old Street

Holly and Quiches’ Christmas Reunion at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Monday 5th, from 7pm

One night only with two Christmas fanatics! Doesn’t matter that it’s a Monday, in December convention goes out the window. Quiches and Holly are both very funny indeed. This will be a fantastic night of comedy, song and gaiety.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall

A Splash Of Milk at The Hope Theatre

Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th, 7.45pm

A show from Pink Milk Theatre, written by Sami Sumaria, which explores the harsh realities and unrelenting challenges of being a person of colour within the already marginalised queer community and the racism that exists within. This show is coming off the back of a successful run at this year’s Camden Fringe.

207 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RL

Tube: Highbury & Islington

Drag Actually starring Gingzilla and Cazeleon at Crazy Coqs

Sunday 11th, 9.15pm

Australian Glamazons Cazeleon and Gingzilla always pull out all the stops, so I can only imagine how lavish this Christmas special will be at one of the most beautiful cabaret spaces in the country. Expect romantic holiday stories, all the hits from the Christmas catalogue, and a night of pure festive frivolity!

20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED

Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Jordan Gray: Is it A Bird? at Soho Theatre

Tuesday 13th – Friday 23rd, 9.15pm

If you ask regular cabaret-goers, many will tell you this is there show of the year. Jordan Gray has had an incredible 2022 from a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, to playing The London Palladium and Chanel 4’s Friday Night Live — and every crumb of success has been deserved. Now the UK’s premier transgender comedian returns to Soho to take on babies, boobies, bigots and Batman in this blistering hour of music and comedy. A must-see!

21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE

Tube: Tottenham Court Road

ManUp XL Xmas Party at The Glory 

Friday 16th, from 8pm

Kings and things as far as the eye can see at this esteemed cabaret which has become a force of nature over the years, helping to put drag kings firmly in the spotlight. This festive edition is hosted by Don One, with performances from Richard Melanin The Third, Dairy King, and Daddy & Friends who will be performing their take on the nativity. These kings know how to put on a show!

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS

Overground: Haggerston

Sandra at The Old Ship 

Saturday 17th, from 9.30pm

There’s cabaret pros, and then there’s Sandra. This seasoned queen has been around longer than almost any artist that’s still currently performing, starting off her career with the legendary HIH Regina Fong at The Black Cap — now Sandra is a legend in her own right. The charming Old Ship is always worth a visit, even if you don’t live local, there’s nowhere quite like it on the gay scene. When you arrive get ready for hands-up-in-the-air cabaret and smut galore. Long live Sandra!

17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW

DLR: Limehouse

Candy Heals at Ye Old Rose & Crown 

Friday 23rd, from 10pm

Candy Heals is an outrageous and uproarious party queen that always serves up stunning looks and an abundance of musical stylings, peppered with cheeky repartee, of course. Christmas Eve Eve is a thing now, didn’t you know? Get down to Greenwich and start your Christmas as you mean to go on.

1 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ER

DLR: Cutty Sark

New Year’s Eve Kinky Kabaret at Freedom Soho

Saturday 31st, from 8.30pm

For as long as I can remember (and that’s a long time) Kinky Kabaret has been Soho’s most popular cabaret night, and it has stood the test of time impeccably. It’s the night where you’ll see west end stars regularly jamming and famous faces hobnobbing lackadaisically. This New Year’s Eve edition is hosted by Carl Mullaney, and entry is free before 9pm, with dancing till dawn! What’s not to love?

66 Wardour Street, W1F 0TA

Tube: Piccadilly Circus

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