The regular Monday drag show at the legendary Cellardoor is to get a nip, tuck and facelift from next week.
Thanks to the likes of Conchita Wurst, La Voix and London Live’s Drag Queens Of London, drag has never been more popular it seems and one of its more unusual shows re-launches next week with something of a showcase.
Life’s A Drag is no bandwagon-jumping Johnny, though, as it has been entertaining the punters of CellarDoor for some years now. The tiny underground bar it calls home is a wonderful oddity in its own right. In its previous days as a gentleman’s lavatory, CellarDoor at Zero Aldwych (is there a cooler London address?) was allegedly frequented by Oscar Wilde, Joe Orton and John Gielgud. Nowadays glamorous, vintage-themed cocktails and snuff are order of the bar, and regular live entertainment matches the theme. It has also been the incubator for some of cabaret’s more idiosyncratic talents: EastEnd Cabaret, those deviant queens of all that goes hump in the night, emerged here in 2010 eventually earning a regular midweek residency on their way to fame, glory and .
A different type of queens will be on display here next Monday (21 July) when all four of the Life’s A Drag regular performers will be giving a taster of what to expect. Topsie Redfern, Ginger Johnson, Michael Twaits and Cosmic will be joined by Sarah Bodalbhai on the keys for this one-off show. Quite how this tiny venue will cope with four drag-queen-sized egos has yet to be confirmed. Talking of taste, the venue has devised a special cocktail for each of the drag artistes; undecided or adventurous punters can do the full Drag Race and get a round in at a discounted price.