See and Scene

See and Scene: The RVT, Above The Stag, Drag Idol 2019, Pride’s Got Talent and more

Charlie Hides 30th anniversary at The RVT

This Sunday (17 Mar) the multi Boyz Award-winning drag sensation Charlie Hides will be celebrating 30 years as a drag performer with a special show at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Charlie’s first paying gig was on 17 March 1989 at the Club Cabaret in Boston, USA along with his comedy partner Gina Germaine and he says,
“I IMMEDIATELY fell in love with the sound of applause and quickly became a full-time cabaret act, performing all over New England.” Charlie will be talking about this and much more on Sunday plus there will be tunes from DJs Simon Le Vans and Chris Brogan.

Goodbye Norma Jean at Above The Stag

Goodbye Norma Jean is an untold story from the golden age of Hollywood written by Liam Burke. This fascinating play is about Hollywood choreographer Jack Cole and how the shocking and untimely death of Marilyn Monroe impacted on his life as one of the men behind many stars of the silver screen including Lana Turner, Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth who all appear in the play. Goodbye Norma Jean opens this Saturday (16 Mar) in the Studio Theatre at Above The Stag, tickets for this and all productions from

Sundowners welcomes Vivienne 

If you want some gorgeous music cabaret with a stylish twist this weekend we recommend a visit to Sundowners in Margate this Saturday (16 Mar). Gracing their stage is the brilliant Drag Idol finalist Vivienne Lynsey with her unique and really rather splendid take on pop classics delivered in a retro style. She’s fab.

Double Trouble at The Old Ship

We feel it’s only fair to warn you gentle reader that if you head to The Old Ship this weekend, you better be prepared for trouble. The Limehouse cabaret venue will be welcoming the mighty Miss Penny on Saturday (16 Mar) and on Sunday it gets even more crazy when Mandy Gap is your cabaret turn. Yikes!

Cabaret at The G&D

Take a deep breath there’s a huge line-up this weekend at The George and Dragon, starting with Mrs Moore on Thursday (14 Mar), Mandy Gap on Friday, Miss Penny on Saturday and on Sunday it’s The Duchess, Tanya Hyde and Tony Sinclair. Phew!

Drag Idol 2019 applications open

Drag Idol is the nationwide cabaret talent contest that has featured winning acts such as Danny Beard, Son of a Tutu, CK, LoUis CYfer, Tanya Hyde, Baga Chipz, Vildea Moppe, Martha D’Arthur, Tracy Barlow and last year’s winner Felix Le Freak, plus many more. The contest is open to all performers of every kind, no matter what your definition of drag or performance is, and regardless of gender. Heats are happening in venues in London and across England and Wales from the end of April and you can get details of how to apply at your local venues at

Cybil’s House: Good vs. Evil

The team at Cybil’s House have never avoided the big questions and this Saturday
(16 Mar) they are asking are you Team Good or Team Evil? This battle of the ages will include performances by Rodent, Felix Le Freak, Chiyo, Scarlett O’Hora and more. Get your tickets from

KY Kelly at The Yard Coventry

We love KY Kelly, not only is she a hilarious cabaret turn, but she’s a previous Boyz Award winner and this Friday (15 Mar) you can see what the fuss is all about. She will be taking to the stage at the marvellous The Yard, smack bang in the middle of Coventry, for big laughs and big songs.

Beboyz is coming

Beboyz is a unique and innovative way to meet new friends who share your hobbies, sports and pastimes. Created by the team here at Boyz magazine, Beboyz is launching in the next few weeks with our beta test version. If you would like to have early access to Beboyz and help us with any software bugs or hardware glitches, please sign up with your email at We’ll give you three months FREE membership for your help. Even before the launch you can view and choose from over 350 Beboyz tags of hobbies, sports and interests on the Beboyz home page at

Woo and Chocolat extend their run

Last week’s Boyz cover stars Jonny Woo and Le Gateau Chocolat have extended the run of A Night at the Musicals at The Soho Theatre. You can now enjoy this extraordinary celebration of songs from shows until Saturday 30 March. Tickets from

Glitter in the Darkroom 

Who doesn’t want some extra glitter to kick start their weekend? Well now you can get some every Friday night at Glitter in the Darkroom from 7pm to 1am at Protocol in Fire (Lightbox entrance) with commercial pop and loads of sexy fun.

Pride’s Got Talent heats

This year’s Pride’s Got Talent is already shaping up to be the best yet in both the music and cabaret heats. The next music heat is this Sunday (17 Mar) at Ku Bar Leicester Square, hosted by Michael Twaits and will be as much fun to watch as it is to take part in. More at details at

Chariots £13 early bird

We all deserve a little ‘down time’ every now and again, time to relax and ‘let off steam’ as it were. Those helpful chaps at Chariots sauna understand that and have a way of making fun a little lighter on your pocket. From Monday to Thursday if you rock up to the Vauxhall spa between midday and 3pm you get entry for a delicious £13. Wahoo!

It’s all go at Halfway

The talent is coming at you thick and fast this weekend at Halfway II Heaven starting on Friday (15 Mar) with Lisa Q Jones (aka Charlie Hides). Saturday means Mrs Moore, Rose Garden and The Vixens while on Sunday it’s the annual St Patrick’s Day celebration with Crystal D’Canter and Tanya Hyde.

Backstreet unzipped

If your midweeks and Sundays have been feeling a little… shall we say, limp, then the guys at Backstreet have the answer. By popular demand Unzipped on Wednesdays is totally naked, which does what it says on the tin from 6pm to 10pm and on Sundays it’s the relaxed dresscode party from 6pm to 10pm.

Balans goes West to Ealing

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the very first Balans opening in Soho and as part of the celebrations the team behind the gay scene’s favourite eateries are opening a brand new restaurant in Ealing at 25 Dickens Yard, W5 on Monday (18 Mar).

Werq the World tickets 

Werq The World is the official RuPaul’s Drag Race world tour and they have just announced a set of UK tour dates in May including London, Birmingham, Manchester and more, with a stunning line-up of your favourites. Get all the details and tickets at


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