The St James Studio will once again be one of the main host venues for the popular London Festival of Cabaret.
Now entering its fourth year, the Festival – which aims to celebrate the great composers, lyricists and interpreters of popular song – runs from 22 April until 8 May. Other host venues across the city includeCrazy Coqs and The Pheasantry.
The shows at the St James Studio begin on 26 April with Ferris & Milnes Live At The St James: Another Openin’ Another Show featuring the comedy, music and vocals of popular double act Dominic Ferris and Martin Milnes.
West End star Sophie-Louise Dann will team up with broadcaster Edward Seckerson and musical director Jason Carr to celebrate the genius of Leonard Bernstein ahead of the musical legend’s forthcoming centenary in Bernstein Revealed on 29 April.
Newley Night on 30 April will pay tribute to one of Britain’s most under-rated songwriters and performers, Anthony Newley. Hosted by Steve Furst will be joined by the Malcolm Edmonstone band and guest artists to pay tribute to the Londoner whose songwriting partnership with Leslie Bricusse gave us classics like ‘What Kind of Fool Am I?’
Stuart Matthew Price – The Songbook of Menken on 1 May marks a St James Studio return for West End performer Stuart Matthew Price with his new concert celebrating the world of composer Alan Menken.
Think Pink! A Celebration of Swing on 3 May will feature the Pink Champagne Sisters and their jazz band on a journey through the golden age of Swing.
Ooh La La on 4 May will showcase the powerful vocals of Parisian cabaret star Isabelle Georges, accompanied by a five-piece band.
Cabaret Whore Presents…La Poule Plombée on 5 May is the much anticipated solo show from knife-wielding tortured French chanteuse, ‘La Poule Plombée’. Featuring brand new comic and bittersweet songs from Sarah-Louise Young and Michael Roulston, creators of Cabaret Whore, Julie Madly Deeply and Songs For Cynics.
Former Coronation Street star Wendi Peters will take centrestage on 6 May with Wendi Peters: Let Me Sing and I’m Happy, an evening of song and stories from the last 25 years of her career in theatre, television and baking.
The Jay Rayner Quartet: Songs of Food and Agony on 7 May will showcase another side to the renowned restaurant critic, Masterchef judge and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet. The show will feature jazz pianist Rayner and his fellow musicians performing tunes from the ‘Great American food and drink songbook’.
Alice Fearn: Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going on 8 May features West End star Fearn (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek the Musical and the Olivier Award-winning Into the Woods at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) performing the music that inspired her to become a performer.