London Festival of Cabaret

Flicks And The City recently attended a special launch event for London Festival of Cabaretthe first London Festival of Cabaret, held at The Hospital Club’s new performance space, The Oak Room.

As well as giving us the lowdown on what to expect from the Festival, the evening included a number of superb performances from international cabaret singer Barb Jungr, rising star Tamar Broadbent, and rock n roll meets musicals husband-and-wife duo Leigh Zimmerman and Domenick Allen.

So, what’s it all about? Well, the inaugural London Festival of Cabaret will celebrate The Great American and European Songbooks, with a variety of cabaret shows playing in venues across the capital from Sunday 13 October to Sunday 17 November 2013.

The festival will tantalize and tease with a programme that includes Alexander Armstrong in his first musical cabaret performance; Michael Feinstein performing with friends including Elaine Paige; as well as masterclasses from cabaret performers Maria Friedman and Barb Jungr; plus talks and performances including an evening with burgeoning British talent such as Tamar Broadbent, hot from her success with one-woman show Almost Epic.

_IT59136Miss Hope Springs will perform an exclusive show for the festival; Leigh Zimmerman (direct from her Olivier Award-winning performance in A Chorus Line) alongside rock-musician husband Domenick Allen will offer a truly sexy love affair of cabaret and songbook; and Wicked and I’d Do Anything star Rachel Tucker will bring a whole new cabaret show.

The Festival is supported by the Noël Coward Foundation, Irving Berlin Music Company, The Hospital Club, Prestat Chocolate, Radisson Hotels and Vintage TV. Patrons include: Douglas Hodge, Maria Friedman, Michael Feinstein, Adam Guettel, Barb Jungr, and Jason Robert Brown who says, “Cabaret is a glorious vehicle for true personal expression in the musical theatre; its value cannot be overstated. I am so thrilled that Neil Marcus and the London Festival of Cabaret are putting cabaret in the spotlight, where it belongs!”

Check out our video for interviews with cabaret stars Tamar Broadbent, Leigh Zimmerman, Domenick Allen, Barb Jungr, and The Three Shonas from the festival launch.

And for full details, take a look at the London Festival of Cabaret website.