The programme will include an evening of conversation and song created by Festival patrons Maria Friedman and Adam Guettel, the French chanteuse Gabrielle Ducomble, a brand new show from Fascinating Aida, a masterclass on the art of performance with Janie Dee; through to the innovative The Liberation of Colette Simple – a blend of cabaret and music theatre inspired by the early Tennessee Williams’ play The Case of the Crushed Petunias.
LFOC patron Douglas Hodge and a performer in this year’s Festival says: “Out of small acorns come big trees and cabaret is the super fertile ground where talents and ideas can first find their voice.”
The festival will boast a number of superlative interpreters of song including: Lauren Fox, Xara Vaughan, Gary Williams singing Nat Cole, Gwyneth Herbert, Liane Carroll and Barb Jungr. London’s musical heritage will be highlighted with West End performers in their own shows including: Jenna Russell, David Bedella & Friends including Douglas Hodge, Simon Green, Julie Atherton, Annabel Leventon and Robert Meadmore and Alison Jiear.
Every Thursday during the London Festival of Cabaret will see an Open Mic night hosting rising stars. Not forgetting cabaret’s roots in British music hall, Brandyn Shaw brings celebrated music hall singer Al Bowlly to life; while musical showbiz is also not forgotten when Sarah-Louise Young returns with Julie Madly Deeply plus a new show of her own. Then Russell Grant reaches for the stars with buddie Martin Milnes as he finds his inner musical theatre diva!
The London Festival of Cabaret is supported by Radisson Blu Hotels, Prestat Chocolate, Soho Estates, Irving Berlin Music Company, Made, music publisher Josef Weinberger, The Noel Coward Foundation, Jazz Club Soho Pizza Express, Jermyn Street Theatre, Pizza Express at The Pheasantry, The Crazy Coqs, The Hospital Club, The London Hippodrome and the St James Theatre. Patrons include: Douglas Hodge, Maria Friedman, Michael Feinstein, Adam Guettel, Barb Jungr and Jason Robert Brown.
The festival producers are Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for The Booking Office and the LFOC artistic director is Neil Marcus.
Full details of the line-up are:
* THE AMBASSADORS THEATRE
Maria Friedman and Adam Guettel in Concert and in Conversation (20 & 21 May)
* THE CRAZY COQS
Simon Green with musical director David Shrubsole – So This Then is Life (6–10 May)
Vimala Rowe (12 May)
Lauren Fox – Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen (13–17 May)
Annabel Leventon & Robert Meadmore – Imperfect Relationships (14 May)
Brandyn Shaw – They Called Me Al (19 May)
Gary Williams – Sings Nat King Cole (20–24 May)
London Festival of Cabaret Open Mic Nights (8, 15, 22 May)
* ST JAMES THEATRE
Fascinating Aida – Charm Offensive (11 May – two shows)
* ST. JAMES STUDIO
Julie Atherton – Tempting Fate (9 May)
Gabrielle Ducomble (10 May)
David Bedella and Friends (including Douglas Hodge) – Primetime! (11 May)
Sarah-Louise Young – Julie Madly Deeply (13 May)
Jenna Russell, Edward Seckerson & Jason Carr – Rodgers Revealed (14 May)
Roulston & Young – Cabaret Chameleon (15 May)
Alison Jiear – In Your Eyes (16 & 18 May)
Liberation of Collette Simple – Concert Performance (22 May – two shows)
* THE LONDON HIPPODROME
Scott Alan & Special Guests (13–16 May)
Janie Dee – Masterclass on the Art of Performance (22 May)
* PIZZA EXPRESS AT THE PHEASANTRY
Gwyneth Herbert (19 & 20 May)
Cabaret Confidential (rising stars from the musical theatre and cabaret scene (15 May)
Russell Grant & Martin Milnes – Songs We Always Wanted to Sing – But Were Never Allowed To (21 & 22 May)
* JAZZ CLUB SOHO PIZZA EXPRESS AT DEAN STREET
Barb Jungr – Hard Rain (11 & 12 May)
* JERMYN STREET THEATRE
Xara Vaughan (12 & 19 May)
* The Oak Room, THE HOSPITAL CLUB
More free London Festival of Cabaret Masterclasses to be announced at The Hospital Club before May.