London will celebrate all things cabaret in the inaugural London Festival of Cabaret which will see the genre playing in venues across the capital from Tuesday, 22nd October-Friday, 15th November. The festival will give audiences the opportunity to see world-class cabaret acts, newcomers and artists who have never ventured into the world of cabaret before.
The London Festival of Cabaret programme includes: Alexander Armstrong in his first musical cabaret performance, Michael Feinstein performing with friends including Elaine Paige, masterclasses from renowned cabaret performers Maria Friedman and Barb Jungr, plus talks and cabaret performances from burgeoning British talent.
Five-time Grammy-winning Feinstein, who will perform in an evening with friends Paige and Julian Ovenden said: “London has always been a special place with a rich musical heritage, so it is a genuine thrill to be a part of the first ever London Festival of Cabaret. British audiences have always been so special and I can’t wait to come and sing some of our great favourites, along with some new surprises.”
Cabaret virgin Armstrong (Pointless, Armstrong & Miller) will be performing a new show created especially for the festival, Alexander Armstrong & His Band Celebrate the Great British Songbook: “I’m so excited about the London Festival of Cabaret and delighted to be taking part. We have decided to explore the British Songbook – a journey that will take in Britten’s folk-song arrangements, Coward and Novello, as well as Neil Hannon, Smith & Burrows, the Wombles (oh yes) and a few other of my personal favourites.”
Artistic Director of the London Festival of Cabaret, Neil Marcus added: “This inaugural festival places London as a world leader in this unique art-form that creates a special intimacy and bond between artist and audience. We will be presenting established masters of the craft from America such as Michael Feinstein and Steve Ross, national treasures like Alexander Armstrong who are not yet known for their versatility in the field, and the Crazy Coqs will be hosting a night showcasing the best in new British cabaret talent.”
Triple Olivier Award-winning artist and a patron of the London Festival of Cabaret, Maria Friedman will be giving a cabaret masterclass and commented: “Cabaret is a unique way for an artist to hone their communication skills, allowing the audience an up close, concentrated, in the moment experience. The very best peel away the layers to reveal themselves; allowing an audience an evening of intense emotion and gripping story telling.”
English singer/songwriter and international cabaret artist Barb Jungr will be performing and also giving a masterclass. She explained: “Cabaret is a European art-form with roots in British music hall. Britain has produced some of the greatest cabaret artists in the world and it’s time we had a festival of our own here in London to celebrate our work and the place that British cabaret plays in the world.”
The inaugural London Festival of Cabaret is supported by the Noel Coward Foundation and the Irving Berlin Music Company. Patrons include: Douglas Hodge, Maria Friedman, Michael Feinstein, Adam Guettel, Barb Jungr and Jason Robert Brown.
The festival will launch on 9th September at the soon to be opened The Hospital Cabaret space at 6.15pm and will include a performance by Barb Jungr.
Box Office: 020 7492 0890 (booking fee applies)
Season Ticket: Book four or more individual shows on main box office number and receive a 15 per cent discount on the full ticket price for each individual show. The Season Ticket cannot be booked online or through venue box offices (does not include free Masterclasses). Or all tickets can be booked direct through each venue:
KT Sullivan and Karen Kohler – Vienna to Weimar – 22nd-26th October
KT Sullivan – Rhyme, Women and Song – 29 October-2nd November
An Evening With Steve Ross – 6th-15th November
Emerging Cabaret Stars and Writers Presented by Simon Greiff – 11th November
Barb Jungr – Mad About the Boys and No Regrets – 22nd-26th October
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Maria Friedman – The Art of Performance – Masterclass – 25 October
Alexander Armstrong & His Band Celebrate the Great British Songbook – 28th-31st October
Ruth Leon – Cabaret: From There to Here, The Life and Time of the Genre – 9th November
Janie Dee – 3rd November
Clare Teal – 25th October
Shona White, Shona Lindsay and Shonagh Daly – The Three Shonas – 6th-7th November
Selena Jones – 8th-9th November
Kit & McCConnell – 13th November
Barb Jungr – The New American Songbook – Masterclass – 1st November
Michael Feinstein & Friends at the Palace Theatre – 4th November
Festival producers for London Festival of Cabaret are Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for The Booking Office.