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Ten of the Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events: January 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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Surely 2023 has to be better than the absolute clusterfuck that was 2022? Here’s hoping! Anyway, here’s my New Year’s advice: Consume less news; go to more shows. January is fizzing over with fabulous events, so let’s dive right in…

Kinky Kabaret at Freedom Bar Soho 

Every Monday, from 10pm

Soho’s legendary cabaret night regularly features performances from West End leading lights, as well as up and coming talents. Truly a night in a league of of its own. Impromptu jams and duets that you won’t see anywhere else. You never know who you’ll bump into – plus the cocktails are delicious and far too moreish for their own good. DJs play till late post-performances.

66 Wardour Street, W1F 0TA

Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Life Is A Cabaret at Ku Bar 

Every Wednesday, from 7pm

Every Wednesday night in the palatial Ku Lounge, which is nestled in bustling Chinatown, stunning drag diva Vicki Vivacious serves up a gorgeous jamboree of live songs and light-hearted badinage. Get there early because it gets busy, and you’ll need time to sample Ku’s famous cocktail menu. A fabulous hump-day treat!

30 Lisle St, WC2H 7BA

Tube: Leicester Square

Zodiac Cabaret at Zodiac Bar

Every Friday, from 8pm

There is always a good time to be had at Zodiac Bar thanks to Jade, David and the dedicated team, and every Friday Zodiac’s resident drag artists Luna Cortez, Eileen Eiffel and Dee Channelle put on assorted and fabulous shows! Swing by after work to take advantage of Zodiac’s in-house drinks offers (5-8pm). Plus, you can dance till your hearts delight as DJs play till late.

119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE

Tube: Euston Square

Miles Elliot at The Old Ship 

Saturday 14th, from 9.30pm

The king of soul on the London LGBTQ+ scene returns to The Old Ship where the welcome is always warm and the entertainment top-notch. Miles is a stellar performer whose repertoire is extensive, with one vital element running through it — the ability to make you relax, have fun, and dance yourself dizzy! If you live in East London and haven’t been to this gem of a venue, do rectify that in 2023 — you’ll be glad you did.

17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW

DLR: Limehouse

Matched By Drag Queens at The Duke Of Wellington 

Monday 16th, from 7.30pm

Not your average dating event. Drag queens Christina Draguilera and Shandy Half-Pint are on hand to make sure there’s no awkward silences, and the fun keeps flowing. There will be games such as ‘Never have I Ever” and Drag Queen Bingo. Plus, there’ll be a cabaret show from Shady, and drinks offers! You might even find your soulmate? You won’t know unless you go.

77 Wardour St, London W1D 6QB

Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Sound of the Underground at Royal Court Theatre

Various dates and times from Thursday 19th

Written by the very talented Travis Alabanza, Sound of the Underground is their debut play at the Royal Court. Showcasing underground LGBTQ+ club icons, and bringing their art and unique perspective to a mainstream audience. Featuring Rhys’s Pieces, Chiyo, Sadie Sinner, Midgette Bardot, Wet Mess, Sharon Le Grand, Sue Gives A Fuck and Lilly Snatchdragon.

50-51 Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS

Tube: Sloane Square

The Queer Comedy Club London at Zodiac Bar 

Saturday 21st, from 7.30pm

This mega queer comedy night features standup sets from Dian Cathal, Natalie Durkin, David Ian, Sue The Cleaner, Jacob Truman and Ruth Stone. Two hours of comedy, followed by dancing in Zodiac Club. And all for only a fiver (advance ticket). A top lineup, AND amazing value for money. Can’t go wrong!

119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE

Tube: Euston Square

Sunday Cabaret with Just May and Sooz Kempner at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Sunday 22nd, from 4pm

When it comes to iconic cabaret, it doesn’t get much better than Sunday’s at The RVT. RuPaul’s Drag Race star Just May will be making their Sunday debut, and Sooz Kempner is an audience favourite. DJs play till midnight.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall

Herr and Me present: You Shall Not Yass at Vault Festival 

Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th, 8.30pm

Following its remarkable one-night-only debut at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern last year, which was a sell-out in no time, You Shall Not Yass is back for 2023. This time round the brainchild’s behind this snappily titled homage to Lord Of The Rings, Herr and Me, are hoping to replicate last year’s success in a 3-night run at Vault Festival. The show features a wonderful and varied cast of cabaret stars.

Leake St, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo

Shar Cooterie presents: The (Stock) Cube at The Glory 

Thursday 26th, 7.30pm

Billed as “the newest and least original game show format this side of London”;

however, knowing Shar as I do, I imagine there will be a fair peppering of ingenuity. Check out my interview with Shar in the month’s print edition for the full lowdown and more!

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS

Overground: Haggerston

Don’t forget to catch Jason next month or follow him on insta @jasonreiduk

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