The Phoenix Arts Club has confirmed details of its Autumn season of socially distanced shows following on from a successful crowdfunding campaign which has so far raised £2.161 of their £100,000 target.
The Crowdfunder, was launched to become a CIC (community interest company); exists primarily to benefit a community and with a view to pursuing a social purpose, rather than to make a profit for shareholders. At launch the team committed to spend the funds raised on further building The Phoenix’s artistic programming (which already at pre-COVID stood at 600 shows a year) in order to ensure work for myriad performers. In addition, the venue will be investing in much-needed research and development to meet changing technology and performance space needs, in order to develop and continue vital community work.
Now following fundraising efforts, the venue will be hosting famous faces from comedy alongside wonderous musical theatre and cabaret events such as Robin Askwith, Al Murray, Iain Stirling, Elf Lyons, Lou Sanders, Onyx Lounge, Donna Trump, and A Night At The Soozicials.
The programme is as follows:
29th September: Glamrou Returns: Scratch Night Plus Support (SOLD OUT)
Drag sensation Glamrou has not been on stage for 6 months! In this scratch night, work-in-progress of their debut solo show, Glamrou battles to merge their queer identity and Islamic heritage. In this blisteringly funny and political debut, watch Glamrou serenade their lover, Allah, with love songs, break-up songs and minaret-sized wigs.
30th September: The Enby Show
Gender binary? Never heard of it. London’s cabaret scene has some of the finest enby (non-binary) talent in the world. Isn’t it time they had a big old show of their own? Featuring the creme-de-la-creme of non-binary talent, you can expect live singing, burlesque, drag and a night filled to the brim with the brightest enby stars that London has to offer. Put on your finest non-binary finery and prepare to experience enby envy like never before on this night featuring RhyssPieces, Virgin X, Cyro, Mark Anthony and host Carrot
4th October: Elf Lyons: Elf Lyons & Enemies
Award-winning comedian and live artist Elf Lyons presents a ridiculously decadent afternoon of comedy, clowning, silliness, and stage fights. Over the past few years, Elf Lyons has proven herself to be one of the fastest rising stars in comedy. Since being a finalist in the Funny Women competition in 2013, she has made her mark on the London and UK comedy circuit, as well as performing at leading arts festivals all around the world.
4th October: A Night With A Virgin
She’s been quarantining in heaven for months, but now it’s time for her to return home… to the stage! Join Virgin X, The Holy Mother of Gawd herself, for an exclusive solo show of celestial song, jokes, merriment, and musings about what a hellscape of a year 2020 has been.
We can only laugh, and Virgin will have you LOLing in the pews! Expect new material, twirling, step/touches, and a sh*t ton of glitter!
7th October: From The Ashes Comedy With Al Murray & Friends
Join Al Murray and guests for a unique night of work-in-progress stand-up. For over 20 years, Al has filled arenas around the world, won numerous awards and accolades and hosted an array of TV series including Al Murray’s Happy Hour (ITV) and the groundbreaking sitcom Time Gentlemen Please (Sky One), which has become something of a modern-day cult classic.
Guests include Luke Kempner & Chloe Petts
11th October: Lynn Ruth Miller’s 87th Birthday Cabaret!
Lynn Ruth Miller, the world’s oldest performing stand-up comedienne, as seen by millions on America’s Got Talent, Frieda & First Dates, is turning 87!!! For the third year running, Lynn Ruth will be celebrating her birthday with a cabaret full of comedy and tunes at the West End’s Glitzy Phoenix Arts Club. Lynn Ruth will be accompanied by Cabaret Royalty, MD Sarah Bodalbhai on piano.
12th & 26th October: Lounge Onyx: The Black History Cabaret (two nights)
Produced by previous Burlesque Idol winner, Onyx Fatale, join the Lounge Onyx as we celebrate Black history month. The Lounge will bring you an array of talent from some of the best and up and coming black performers on the cabaret show as we delight you with burlesque, poetry, drag, comedy and everything in between. Get your tickets now.
This show is running a NOTAFLOF (not turned away from lack of funds) scheme, if you cannot afford a ticket please email OnyxFatale20@gmail.com and we can sort something for you.
13th October: A Night In Springfield
A one-off fan-diddly-dabulous evening of excellent Simpsons-themed cabaret.
Ned Flanders burlesque! Drag sisters Patty + Selma! Lizard Queen Lisa! And enough special surprises to pack 31 seasons with!! Simpsons’ fans rejoice as your favourite cartoon comes to life with unique performances by some of cabaret’s cookiest entertainers complete with camp, colour, and plenty of cowabunga.So ditch your shift at the nuclear plant, grab a squishee from the Kwik-E-Mart, and pull up a couch while we put the spring back into Springfield.
14th October: From The Ashes Comedy With Lou Sanders & Friends
Lou Sanders is one of Britain’s fastest-rising and most original comedians. She is the champion of series eight of Taskmaster (DAVE) and other recent television appearances include The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS), Live at the Apollo (BBC), QI (BBC2), Travel Man: 48 Hours in… (Channel 4), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4).Guests include Carl Donnelly & Ray Badran.
18th October: A Night At The Soozicals
Unspecified awards-winning comedian and singer Sooz Kempner (Jonny Woo’s All-Star Brexit Cabaret) and Olivier Award-winning composer and pianist Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera, Anna Nicole, Made in Dagenham) bring you A Night at the Soozicals – a selection of musical theatre and pop alongside songs by Richard himself. And a lot of right witty banter, high belting and probably swearing. Sooz will definitely be wearing designer clothes she bought on eBay and she will tell you how much she paid for them. We don’t yet know what Richard will be wearing.
19th October: Queerstory The Musical
Queerstory: a musical jaunt through queer history including the bits that they tried to erase. Join Mercury and Maxim for a glitter-filled cabaret lecture and the history lesson none of us got at school. And this time, it’s the live lounge session! Modern icons and historic heroes feature in a music hall production of patter songs, ballads and cabaret numbers. Exploring the lives, culture and stories of the LGBTQIA+ community throughout history. Starring Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich and more. Following sold-out shows for the London Borough of Culture 2019, The Tramshed, the Roundabout Festival and Theatre Royal Stratford East, the cabaret-lecture comes to Phoenix for one night only.
20th October: Queefy Phoenix Art Halloween Special
A few years ago a piece of a Rhys fell off and formed a glittering sticky egg on a basement dance floor in east London; Rhys nurtured with fabulousness and nourished it with queer love and from it hatched: Queefy- (Queer as f*ck). Since then, Queefy has grown to become one of London’s most beautifully debauched and varied queer cabarets. It’s truly a one-off night that sees some of the most bewildering, surreal, performers of London’s Cabaret scene grace the stage. Created, curated, and hosted by the mulit-award-winning, international drag creature RhysPieces, the show will have you in fits of laughter at one moment and on the edge of tears the next. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve just had a wildly indescribable family gathering with a bunch of queers.
21st October: From The Ashes Comedy with Ed Gamble & Friends
Ed Gamble as seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One), and on the US TV show Conan (TBS). In August 2019, Ed’s first stand-up special, Blood Sugar, was released as an Amazon Prime original special in 200 countries worldwide.Guests include Garrett Millerick & Bella Hull
25th October: Donna Trump: Foundations
She’s been a Manchester working gal, but she’s coming down south with a brand new show!
Donna Trump, creator of ‘Queeriosity Cabaret’, takes us on a journey of storytelling through the
art of lip syncing and emotional exploration with an exclusive preview of her new show
We all know that a house is not a home, but what is the home and it’s owner’s life built upon?
Whether you laugh, cry, smile or scream, you will not want to miss the opportunity to see what’s
27th October: Dragprov and The Phoenix: A Tale of Social Distance
Dragprov is the award-winning drag king and queen musical comedy duo, featuring Christian Adore (Francesca Forristal) and Eaton Messe (Ed Scrivens).
Whether they’re being featured in the Guardian, named one of the Evening Standard’s Top Ten LGBTQ+ Shows to see in London, or gracing the airwaves on BBC radio, Dragprov has dazzled and delighted audiences across the UK and internationally.
And tonight darling, it’s your turn! RuPaul meets ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ in a fusion of high energy, acerbically witty improv, drag and musical comedy.
28th October: From The Ashes Comedy with Iain Stirling & Friends
BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling is best known as the brilliantly funny voice of the hit reality show Love Island (ITV2), which is now in its sixth series.
Following his success on Love Island, Iain appeared in series 8 of Taskmaster (Dave), and took on the role of host for ITV2’s comedy entertainment show, CelebAbility (now in its fourth series).
Guests include Eleanor Tiernan & Rob Auton:
30th October: Trevor Dion Nicholas Presents: West End Dead A Creepy Cabaret
Trevor Dion Nicholas, The Genie himself, presents a magical musical evening of singing spooks, crooning creeps and wailing witches. Featuring a mixture of Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, and any songs that scare – ring in Halloween at midnight as we harmonize for All Hallows Eve. Starring and hosted by Trevor and some very special vocalist guests with Alternative Indie band Neighborhood Goliath providing the backing tunes live on stage. Come in your best Halloween Fancy Dress for chances to win Trick or Treat prize bags!
31st October: Séayoncé: Halloween Extravaganza
The baddest b!tch in the spirit world is back… the legendary Ghost Whisperer SÉAYONCÉ
Prepare yourself for this spooky Halloween séance, where Séayoncé will channel tales of their sordid past and your bleak future and summon history’s greatest stars possessing the bodies of London’s finest cabaret acts.
A night to give you absolute afterlife! It’s time to open your third eye… and your legs, as Séayoncé lubes up to MYSTIC it to you!
1st November: Doing What We Love: A Musical Cabaret
With combined credits of Les Miserables, Mamma Mia: The Party, Joseph & The Prince of Egypt – Julia Imbach and Adam Filipe are back “Doing what we love!” They’re going to be bringing some of their favourite songs to the Phoenix Arts Club ranging from classic Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, and everything in between.
3rd November: Rhumba Club Live
Spend the evening at The Phoenix Arts Club in the company of Rhumba Club! Fresh from being ranked as #2 on GQ magazine’s list of 2020’s best new artists, Rhumba Club is the artistic moniker for Tom Falle’s retro-futuristic synthpop project. Rhumba Club’s beautifully ironic and emotive pop songs are brought to the stage by Tom and his 4-piece band, replete with synths, saxophones and guitars. Featured on Spotify’s Alternative Pride playlist, alongside Christine and the Queens and Frank Ocean, the Rhumba Club is described by Notion as a cross between the Rhythm Method and WHAM!.
8th November: Another Evening with the Legend That is Robin Askwith (4th November one Sold Out)
After selling-out his first show in less than 24hours, we’ve added a second date on for the legend that is ROBIN ASKWITH. “I had dinner last night with some friends here in Gozo and at some point I got into relating the story of my lunches with Gregory Peck at Elstree Studios in 1975…how he ran my lines for me playing the part to be played by Jill Gascoine (he was very good) ..it got to the bit with Clint Eastwood and I noticed the restaurant had now filled up with what was basically an unpaying audience…Today I get a call from Misty Moon’s Stuart Morriss , who informs that there is a slot available at The Phoenix Arts Club on November 4th… I said… “Take it, for God’s sake Stu, I’m going crazy here and working for nothing…”
15th November: Break A Lash – Mercury’s Musical Meltdown
Break a Lash, the cabaret celebration of the musicals puts on its first production – and it’s a post lockdown kick line of a show.All Mercury ever wanted was to be in a musical. But they were a bit too ‘you know’ to play the leading parts. They persevered, came to London, and worked their vocal cords to the bone. And then the world shut down and it seemed as if all dreams of jazz hands and 5,6,7,8 were doomed. Until one night, alongside burlesque dancing legends Felicity Furore and Demi Noire, Mercury hatched a plan to not just be in one musical but ALL OF THEM. Can’t choose between Chicago and Wicked? No need, because these cabaret darlings are gonna shimmy their way through as many favourites as they possibly can, and they’ve got their sights set on an Olivier Award.
For more information and to book tickets visit: https://phoenixartsclub.com/