What should you be seeing this week? Here’s some shows we recommend checking out.
|Zinger Of The Week: Cabaret Roulette’s Nightmares (Wednesday)
What scares you most? Tax returns? Spiders? That evil guy looking over your shoulder right now? (Only kidding. He’s harmless.)
For their latest episode of audience-driven shenanigans, Cabaret Roulette explores the fifty shades of fear that emerge when the Sandman comes a-calling. Each act brings something brand spanking new to the stage and, at the end of the night, the punters will decide on the topic for a forthcoming show.
Helmed by chanteuse Kiki DeVille, Nightmares will see deviant singer Anna Lou Larkin, the ever-provocative burlesquer Rubyyy Jones, circus maestro Edward Gosling (pictured above) et al channelling their deepest fears for your personal delectation. And possibly for therapy, but that’s by the by.
Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Wednesday 8 April, 8pm. £12 adv, £15 on the door. All the info.
Joey Arias (tonight)
One of NYC’s finest alt-drag performance artists lands up on the shores of the Thames tonight as Joey Arias celebrates what would have been Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday with a special celebration of his own. If there are any songs from “Lady Day” that light up your life, make a beeline for the Southbank Centre while tickets are available.
Southbank Centre. Tuesday 7 April, 7.30pm. £17.50, £22.50. All the info.
WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards Grand Final (Friday)
Seven years strong, the musical comedy awards return this Friday to put six finalists through their paces. They’ve all survived heats around London but now it’s the big one. How will they fare compared to previous entrants Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Rubberbandits and Frisky & Mannish? Only one way to find out. Joining the contestants on stage are Cassetteboy with DJ Rubbish and Rachel Parrish.
Bloomsbury Theatre. Friday 10 April, 7.15pm. £16.50+£1.65 booking fee. All the info.
Miss Hope Springs (Sunday)
The ex-Vegas showgirl with comic finesse and just the right amount of poison mounts the piano stool once more to bring us more tales from her tortured and hilarious past. Blending rhumba, pop and bossa nova, Miss Hope Springs’ Welcome To The Carnival will be outing some new numbers like the entrancing Where Have All The Good Times Gone?
Hippodrome Live. Sunday 12 April, 8pm. £15-£30. All the info.
Myra DuBois and The Spiders In Bras (Thursday)
The sharpest tongue in London gives her singing alter ego a second outing this week. Supported by comedian David Mills and his Memes, Myra DuBois will rocking out with her frock out with backing band The Spiders In Bras. Here’s a flavour of what’s on offer.
Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Thursday 9 April. £9 early bird, £11 adv, £15 on the door. All the info.
Image: Maximilian Webster