Swansong at The RVT
On Wednesday (17 Oct) sees a special performance of Swansong at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern as part of the And What? Arts Festival 2018. Grey Liberation comes to the care home in this bittersweet comedy starring leg-endary Lavinia Co-Op. A gentleman called Joan lands in a subdued, suburban care home like a colourful, combustible cocktail in a new play written and directed by Nathan Evans. A veteran of gay lib, Joan dons battle dress, seeking an ally in the young, gay but disappointingly conventional care assistant Craig for his assault on the heteronormativity of the care system. Then, in this most unlikely of settings, Joan is offered love by a gentleman called Jim. Complete with an opulent operatic soundtrack, this bittersweet comedy is being specially staged at The RVT. Advance £8 tickets from vauxhalltavern.com
Jivin’ Julie’s 20th at the Kings Arms
This Sunday a genuine legend of the gay scene, the one and only Jivin’ Julie – karaoke queen and hostess extraordinaire – will be celebrating 20 gorgeous years of Sundays at the Kings Arms on Poland Street in the West End. Julie will be on stage from 7.30pm, leading those bears, blokes and everyone else in a glittering anniversary session.
Charlie Hides at the White Swan
If you want some world-class cabaret then head to Limehouse this Saturday (13 Oct) where the all-powerful Charlie Hides will be making a welcome return. You can expect laughs, songs, impressions and loads more laughs.
Guys and Dolls
Fans of classic musical theatre are in for a rare treat next weekend when, on Friday (19 Oct) and Saturday (20 Oct), there will be three special performances of Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall. This part staged version features a fabulous cast that includes Jason Manford, Meow Meow, Stephen Manigan, Clive Rowe, Paul Nicholas, Adrian Lester and Sharon D Clarke (who we loved as the nan in the new Doctor Who). Tickets are on sale now at royalalberthall.com or on 0207 589 8212.
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Mother Goose at Above The Stag
There may still be a hint of summer sun, but the truth is we are hurtling towards Christmas and that means “He’s behind you!” Well, actually, it’s in front as tickets are on sale now for this year’s Above The Stag panto, which is Mother Goose Cracks One Out. There will be fowl language, but we know it will be eggcellent! Tickets at abovethestag.com