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. March brings the beginning of spring (praise Celine) and with it lighter evenings for more fun and fabulous events to look forward to…
Man Up at The Glory
Every Wednesday in March, from 8pm
The award-winning and critically acclaimed drag king competition is back, and The Glory is on the hunt for their new glorious leader. Free entry all night, hosted by superstar drag artists Chiyo and Don One, with a panel of thirsty judges comprising local celebs, journos and Man Up alumni. Expect the unexpected, and whatever you do don’t rock up 5 mins before showtime because this is always a hot ticket event that fills up faster than Jonny Woo’s social diary.
281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS
Cabaret with Mrs Moore or Ruby Violet at Admiral Duncan
Every Wednesday, from 9pm
Slap bang in the middle of Soho, the iconic Admiral Duncan stages traditional drag shows most days of the week, and entry is free at all times. On alternate Wednesdays the very kitsch Mrs Moore and Ruby Violet serve up a superabundance of songs and gags.
54 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UB
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Bar Wotever’s Birthday Month at Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Tuesday 1st & 15th, from 7pm
There really is no other queer cabaret night quite like Bar Wotever — it is the original and still remains the best. That’s a remarkable achievement after 17 years, and a testament to the hard work that goes in to curating each event. As always, there’ll be a plethora of performances from a wide range of some of the UK’s best LGBTQ+ cabaret artists, plus open mic and DJs playing till late.
372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY
Apples and Pears Cabaret at The Apple Tree Pop-Up
Saturday 5th, from 7pm
Host and producer of this event, Me the Drag Queen is a dab hand at putting on variety shows that bring to the fore the very best current and emerging talent. It’s one of those surefire things in cabaret. At this shindig there’ll be turns from Joyless, Camay Milan, Wet Mess, and special guest Kaajel Patel. See, I told you it would be bona!
30 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU
The Power of Four at Two Brewers
Sunday 6th, from 4pm
Sundays at the Brewers are well known for fantastic drag shows. They’ve got you sorted from late afternoon till the early hours of Monday (may as well just ring in sick… again). The cabaret marathon kicks off around 5pm with the camptastic Miss Jason, followed by Brighton Belle Lola Lasagne at 7pm, the wee bonnie lassie with the big pipes Mary Mac at 9pm, with living legend Sandra taking up the rear from 11ish.
114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ
Tube: Clapham North
Disabled Queer and Hear – Artist Of the Year at Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Wednesday 9th, from 7pm
A night dedicated to empowering and shining the spotlight solely on LGBTQ+ artists with disabilities. Hosted by Mr Gay Wales, Paul Davies, with the founder of Disabled Queer and Hear, Miss Sugar Cube. Artists will perform for the chance to be crowned Artist Of the Year 2022 and pocket £300. Judged by Ebony Rose Dark, Mrs Moore, Asifa Lahore, and yours truly. This is set to be a boundary-breaking event, not to be missed.
372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY
Miles Elliot at The Old Ship
Saturday 12th, from 9pm
A night of soul and jazz from the brilliant Miles Elliott. If this doesn’t get you dancing round your handbag, I don’t know what will. Get a group of pals together and head down for pints — the welcome is always exceptionally warm at this homely east end boozer.
17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW
Sodom & Begorrah: St. Patrick’s Day X-Travaganza at The Garage
Thursday 17th, from 9pm
THE queer paddy’s day party in the capital this year. Hosted by Irish cabaret sensation Xnthony with a green and glitzy lineup of drag and circus artists, plus Ceili, pop anthems and tomfoolery. This will be an absolute riot so it will. Mammy would want you to go!
20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD
Tube: Highbury and Islington
Chamonix Aspen at Halfway to Heaven
Monday 21st, from 8.30pm
Pure unadulterated high camp and glamour from the queen of the upmarket boutique. Chamonix will transport you to a world of decadence conceptualised through clever self-panned parodies and big ballads. Free entry all night and selected beers and spirits only £2.95.
7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF
Tube: Charing Cross
Aidan Orange and Sophia Stardust at West Five Bar
Friday 25th, from 8pm
West London’s premier LGBTQ+ venue is still going strong, with regular drag shows and loads of drinks offers. Perfect if you’re in that neck of the woods, or even if not — just jump on the tube and make a night of it. On the 25th Aidan Orange and Sophia Stardust will be lip-syncing the house down, and regaling the gathered with cheeky anecdotes.
Popes Lane, London, W5 4NT
Tube: South Ealing
Jason will return next month, with more fabulous LGBTQ+ cabaret events.