According to The London Festival of Cabaret, cabaret means a lot of different things to different people. To me it means the 1930s, smoky American lounges, men playing cards, drinking whisky, and waiting for slutty show girls to come on stage and start dancing provocatively. Fortunately, my interpretation is not the only one, because there are a lot of great cabaret performers out there that don't deserve that reputation. And that's why I guess The London Festival of Cabaret is able to sustain itself for a whole month. Starting from today, various venues around the capital will showcase talented comedians, dancers, and musicians, with a multitude of acts.
Tonight things will start off with Rachel Tucker Live in Concert. Having starred in West End Musicals such as Wicked and We Will Rock You, She also appeared on the TV show, I'd Do Anything, and has just released her own album. Tickets are £25-£35, and the show will start at 7pm at St. James's Theatre.
The next show won't be for another week. Between 22nd - 26th October, you can see duo act, KT Sulivan and Karen Kohler in their show Vienna to Weimar. The two ladies travel Europe from the 1870s to 1930s with a 'provocative blend of voices and feminine sensibilities'.
If you have ever fancied learning cabaret yourself, then there will be two masterclasses during the festival. The first is on the 25th October at St. James's Theatre at 3pm. Maria Friedman will give a free 'Art of Performance' class in front of a live audience.
If you are not keen on practicing in front of people, then on the 1st November, Barb Jungr will be at Soho Theatre at 4.30pm for a free class discussion about curating the New American Songbook, which features Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, and Jimmy Webb.
The festival runs until the 17th November, with lots more shows on offer. You can take a look at the website for more details, but be warned that it is not working very well, and may cause your browser to crash. If you are interested, it is probably best to check out the venue websites and get in contact that way.