Every month cabaret supremo Jason Reid trawls through the upcoming cabaret events so you don’t have to, and picks his cream of the crop for Gay London Life. February brings a whole host of eclectic and joy-inducing events to help you through the last bit of winter. So without further ado, here’s some of my favourites…
Power of 4 at Two Brewers
Every Sunday, from 4pm
This is the Brewers’ flagship weekly cabaret knees-up. With a roster of some of the best drag artists the capital has offer: Miss Jason, Mary Mac, Marsha Mallow and Cosmic, to name but a few. The absolute legend that is Sandra brings the night to a chaotic and knee-trembling climax every week. The party continues till late.
114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ
Tube: Clapham North
Get Double Toasted with Marsha Mallow at Halfway to Heaven
Every Friday, from 8pm
Friday night fun down at Halfway with shedloads of singalongs and camp craic. Marsha Mallow (check out my interview with her in this months print edition) is a pure joy of an artist, and this double-helping of drag is the perfect way to end any working week.
7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF
Tube: Charing Cross
Lunar New Queer at The Glory
Saturday 5th, from 6.30pm
The esteemed Bitten Peach collective ring in the lunar new year celebrating Asian cabaret excellence at East London’s palace of queer performance. Featuring performances from Bindiya, Daddy & Co, Jason Kwan, Lusty Lovelace, ShayShay, and Sunny the Snake Boy
281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS
An Evening Without Kate Bush at Soho Theatre
Monday 7th – Saturday 26th, 7pm
Venerated performer Sarah-Louise Young (Cabaret Whore, La Soiree) has teamed up with theatre-maker Russell Lucas (Warped at Vault Festival) to explore and celebrate the music and mythology of one of the most influential voices in British music, Kate Bush. This award winning show is truly magnificent.
21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE
Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Fat Haus presents Brazen at The Karaoke Hole
Thursday 17th, from 7pm
I’m a big advocate of championing new cabaret ventures that seek to break down stuffy old stereotypes, so this one instantly piqued my interest. Fat Haus is produced and hosted by the inimitable Smashlyn Monroe who is an accomplished burlesque, sideshow and drag artist – they call themselves a cunt of all trades, which I absolutely love. Miss Terri Box and Egon Centrik will also be serving up unashamedly brazen performances on the night.
95 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB
Overground: Dalston Kingsland
The Enby Show with Bailey J Mills at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Friday 18th, from 6pm
Another hot ticket event from Carrot and the team at The Enby Show HQ, jam-packed with creme-de-la-thems. The star of this show, Bailey J Mills, is one of my absolute favourite LGBTQ+ performers right now. Comedy perfection. They really ought to be on the telly; however I think they’re too good for all that contrived reality TV shite. Superstar enbies-in-residence Flick and Cyro will also be tearing up that hallowed RVT stage.
372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY
The Khandi Shop at Pleasance Theatre
Saturday 19th, 7.30pm
Part of Pleasance’s LGBT+ History Month Season, the never knowingly understated Mahatma Khandi opens their Khandi Shop once more and heads this all-star showcase with turns from Prinx Silver, Cleopantha, Dosa Cat and more. Tens across the board!
Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF
Tube: Caledonian Road
Tickle My Bingo Balls at Halfway to Heaven
Monday 21st, from 8.30pm
A one-off camptastic night of drag and bingo courtesy of the founder of LGBT Disabled, Queer and Hear, Miss Sugar Cube. Free entry all night, plus there’ll be drinks offers, and dazzling prizes to be won. Get those daubers at the ready, dears! A warm welcome always awaits at Halfway.
7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF
Tube: Charing Cross
Snow White Trash at The Old Ship
Saturday 26th, from 9pm
One of my favourite cabaret bars that is a little off the beaten track and so often overlooked by snobby mainstream critics. This place does what it says on the tin, and does it damn well. Snow White Trash is an act that you may not have heard of; they’re one of the young breed of very talented drag artists — and they play the saxophone. What’s not to love!
17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW
West End BOiBOX at Phoenix Arts Club
Sunday 27th, from 7pm
Starring Brent Would, Saint Sinister, Jada Love and Romeo De La Cruz, and hosted by one of drag’s ultimate power couples, Adam All and Apple Derrières, this edition of the renowned drag king revue BOiBOX at the gorgeous Phoenix Arts will be perfect for those new to drag kings and devotees that are truly hooked.
1 Phoenix St, WC2H 8BU
Tube: Leicester Square
Don’t forget to catch up with Jason and our Ten of the Best for March, out next month!