One of the biggest names in world cabaret strolls casually back into town next week as La Soirée opens a new season of shows in central London.
Leicester Square, an area largely known for tourists, shops that only tourists would patronise, more tourists and quick stop restaurants full of tourists, has a brand new attraction in the form of a Spiegeltent dedicated to La Soirée’s 2016/2017 London season.
The globetrotting variety show started life about a mile away from its current base. Six years ago, it set up camp on the South Bank with a cast that included Meow Meow, David O’Mer (aka Bath Boy), Ursula Martinez, the English Gents and Captain Frodo.
The latter three are all now La Soiree regulars and they’ll be joined by some less familiar faces.
The songbird from New Orleans has performed at the West End branch of The Box before but makes her La Soirée bow here this month. Her soulful voice can be heard on her LP Know Your Name; a portion of the proceeds from that album will go towards supporting The Big Issue and other members of the International Network of Street Papers. Pin back your ears and enjoy the title track.
Combining theatre and circus, Olivia Porter is a Brisbane based circus performer whose brings deadpan comedy and role playing to her unique juggling style. She has been performing internationally since 2008 and has toured widely with her own circus company 3 Is A Crowd.
What goes around comes around is something every hoop artist will tell you and that particular corner of cabaret has never been more popular. Satya Bella has performed from Beirut to Perth, Dubai and Mexico. The lady may be short of height but she goes long on the spectactular if her performance here is anything to go by.
It is not every acrobat that can say that have created their own unique apparatus. Girard may start off looking like a human hamster inside his Cirqle but watch how he uses his strength and flexibility to create something rather beautiful.
There are many who will be looking up to Jarred Dewey in the Spiegeltent this year. The trapeze artist has thrilled audiences in both hemispheres and will be bring his high-flying act to London for the first time with La Soirée.
Fusing naughty slapstick and 80s pop melodrama, Marc and Svetlana are proof that what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas. Watch them here entertaining a crowd at Belfast’s Festival of Fools.
La Soirée opens this Wednesday and continues until 8 January 2017. More information can be found on the official website.