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Our Ten Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events: March 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.

Spring had finally (kinda) sprung! There’s so much going on across London’s LGBTQ+ cabaret scene this month, from angst-ridden, avant-garde drag to chilled music nights. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in…

Play Your Cards Right with Miss Penny at Halfway to Heaven

Every Wednesday, from 8pm

This is a great way to spend a Wednesday night. Nestled in the warm surroundings of one of London’s most welcoming LGBTQ+ venues, with a queen who puts on one hell of a show, and with the added bonus of possibly winning cold hard cash. Free entry all night.

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Tube: Charing Cross

Soul In Soho at Ku Bar 

Every Thursday, from 11pm

One for those devoted night owls who like their music soulful and sweet. Lawrence Rose hosts and performs alongside a miscellany of special guests each week. Post-show, DJ LDN YAZ pays till 3am.

30 Lisle St, WC2H 7BA

Tube: Leicester Square

Circa Live Sessions at Circa Embankment 

Thursday 2nd, from 10pm

A brand new weekly stagey event from Circa which is hosted by west end actor and opera singer Jordan Simon Pollard. Joining Jordan for this inaugural shindig is a fabulous bevy of West End talent; namely Idris Kargbo, Scott Sutcliffe, Lauren Drew and Whitney Martins — with credits including Les Miserables, Six, Starlight Express, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Book Of Mormon, and more. Following the show there’s a club night which goes till 3am. No need to stagger off to the nearest club!

Hungerford House, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6PA

Tube: Embankment

Pride’s Got Talent 2023 at Two Brewers and Zodiac Bar

Monday 27th and Wednesday 30threspectively, from 7.30pm

The first heats of this year’s competition which will see the eventual winners walk away with £1000 to further their careers. Hosted by the ever ebullient Michael Twaits. Entry is free at all times. The atmosphere is always a joy at these events. Highly recommended!

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE

Tube: Euston Square

Brianna Ghey Legacy Fundraiser at The Glory

Tuesday 7th March, from 8pm

Hosted by the gloriously camp Miss Moppe with a stunning lineup of artists from the world of cabaret who are kindly giving up their time, this fundraiser is in loving memory of trans teenager Brianna Ghey. Chosen charities are Mermaids which supports transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse children and young people, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care, and Diversity Role Models which is a charity that seeks to prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools. Our community is at its strongest when it comes together in this way to drown out darkness with light and laughter.

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS

Overground: Haggerston

David Hoyle – Coronation Strasse at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Thursday 9th, from 7pm

The first in a brand new season of shows from a bona fide cabaret icon. Expect live art and music, and to be inspired and transfixed by David’s impassioned monologues which take aim at the state of the world and those in charge.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY 

Tube: Vauxhall

Coup D’état Cabaret – Flag Hag at Zodiac Bar 

Thursday 9th, from 8pm

I’m loving all these new cabaret concepts that are emerging of late. Clever creativity is always at the heart of good cabaret, so keep them coming I say. Coup D’état Cabaret is a French and English fusion that’s bursting with joie de vivre. This is their second outing, starring Skinny De Vil, Billie Gold, Fenix and Blanche Poubelle.

119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE

Tube: Euston Square

RiffRaff Kabarett at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Tuesday 14th, from 7pm

This caught my attention straight away. Everything about it screams classic cabaret heaven. RiffRaff Kabarett is billed as a dark slice of 1920s Berlin mixed with a healthy kick of contemporary, working class political punkery, inspired by the infamous Weimar Republic. Hosted by Ruby Wednesday and Molly Beth Morossa, with a stellar cast of drag and cabaret stars!

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY 

Tube: Vauxhall

Friday Night Live Drag Cabaret Show at Zodiac Bar 

Friday 17th, from 8pm

It’s the end of the week and all anyone wants to do is wind down and disconnect from the woes of work. This night is the perfect way to do that. Cabaret comes courtesy of the fabulous Aeliana Cortez, plus entry is free!

119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE

Tube: Euston Square

Tiffaney Wells at The Old Ship 

Sunday 26th, 9.30pm

Drag royalty and queen of the medley singalongs, Tiffaney Wells takes to the stage of this gorgeous east end pub which is a stone’s throw away from Limehouse. Each time I’ve visited The Old Ship I’ve had a great time, and I’m not the easiest to please. The hospitality, entertainment and atmosphere is superb.

17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW

DLR: Limehouse

Jason well be back with another ten of the best same time next month!!!

Go follow him on insta @jasonreiduk 

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