Review: Lili La Scala's Another F*cking Variety Show (London Wonderground 2015)

Review: Lili La Scala’s Another F*cking Variety Show (London Wonderground 2015)

[wp-review] Before its annual trek up to Edinburgh Fringe, Another Fucking Variety Show stopped by the London Wonderground Spiegeltent to wow the crowds with an enviable, ever-changing line-up of cabaret stars. Headlining hostess Lili La Scala, exquisite opera-diva-cum-rock-star, presides in style with razor sharp wit and a series of devastatingly fabulous outfits. Her opening number, […]

Review: Between the Sheets - An Intimate Cabaret (London Wonderground 2015)

Review: Between the Sheets – An Intimate Cabaret (London Wonderground 2015)

[wp-review] Miss Polly Rae’s Between the Sheets goes big at London Wonderground for a second year, and while last year’s show lacked overall cohesion and confidence, history will remember it as a dress rehearsal for an outstanding 2015 production which has more than found its feet. A perfectly paced, vibrant and varied burlesque pop concert […]

On ‘The Burlesque Community’

The burlesque scene is not a universally inclusive, comforting safe haven where you can spend your days high-fiving other ‘empowered’ women and singing Kumbaya around a warm, cosy campfire toasting rhinestone covered marshmallows.

Review: Black Cat Cabaret - Nocturne (London Wonderground 2015)

Review: Black Cat Cabaret – Nocturne (London Wonderground 2015)

[wp-review] Nocturne, Black Cat Cabaret’s latest London Wonderground production, concerns a weary London commuter who nods off on the tube and embarks on a journey through his troubled subconscious, led by “queen of the night” Lili La Scala. Nocturne’s trump card is its outstanding cast of all-star circus performers.  Katrina Lilwall is captivating on aerial chains, soaring […]

Review: Gypsy ©Johan Persson

Review: Hold Your Hats and Hallelujah, Gypsy’s Gonna Show it to Ya!

“Everybody give a cheer!” Gypsy has returned to the West End after forty years.  A period spectacular from the golden age of musicals sees the showbiz mother of your nightmares drag her weary family and their hilariously twee and mediocre act across Depression-hit America, as Vaudeville coughs out its last ragged breaths and a burlesque […]

London Cabaret Awards: Polly Rae and Bettsie Bon Bon Shine at Annual Ceremony

London Cabaret Awards: Polly Rae and Bettsie Bon Bon Shine at Ceremony

On Monday a bejewelled, flamboyant horde of stars from the London cabaret scene invaded the luxurious Cafe de Paris for a night of awards, roasts, song and striptease. Miss Polly Rae saw off fellow shortlisted nominees The Folly Mixtures and BRIEFS to win ‘Best Burlesque’. For some time now she has set a excellent example […]

Review: Sukki Singapora Debuts Diamond Ring Burlesque Act at Cafe de Paris

Review: Sukki Singapora Debuts ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ at Cafe de Paris

An evening spent in the warm, luxurious belly of Cafe de Paris is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a night in London. I have praised the VIP dining experience in the past, but last Saturday I was equally comfortable seated on the balcony level, attended by extremely pleasant staff and enjoying a […]

New Orleans Venue Drops Burlesque Performer Due to Her Size. Burlesque Community Erupts.

Lucky Pierre’s Drops Burlesque Performer Due to Her Size. Burlesque Community Erupts.

Before I was fully awake this morning in London my inbox was filling up with reports from New Orleans about Lucky Pierre’s, which hosts The Blue Book Cabaret, produced by Burlesque TOP 50 ranking performer Bella Blue, who has invited such guest stars as Jo Weldon and Michelle L’amour to the venue.  Ruby Rage, a […]

Review: Palace of the Snow Queen (Black Cat Cabaret)

Review: Palace of the Snow Queen (Looking Glass Productions)

This year’s Christmas offering from the Looking Glass Productions arm of Black Cat Cabaret is Palace of the Snow Queen, which promises to deliver “…gourmet winter fayre, beautiful decor, and spectacular cabaret and circus entertainment.” Usually dinner is served as part of the experience, but Saturday 6th December is a cabaret only evening at £25 […]

The #SaveMadameJojos Peace Vigil in Words, Photo and Video.

The Madame Jojo’s Peace Vigil in Words, Photos and Video.

In October, a violent incident involving iconic Soho venue Madame Jojo’s, a celebrated performance space for several decades and home to productions including House of Burlesque, The Folly Mixtures Revue and Cabaret Roulette, led to action by Westminster Council which has been condemned as “draconian” – the complete and brutally swift suspension of its licence […]

Review: Cabaret at Scarfes Bar (Rosewood Hotel)

Review: Cabaret at Scarfes Bar (Rosewood London)

As the long, lazy summer days turn into dark, drizzly nights, Rosewood London invites you to spend an evening in the warm amber glow of Scarfes Bar and indulge in top drawer food, drink, and entertainment from some of London’s finest cabaret stars. You enter what could be the grand library of a sleepy country […]