RVT November listings: Regulars Saturdays Duckie, Sundays S.L.A.G.S. / Chill-Out, Mondays Bingo, Tuesdays Bar Wotever, Wednesdays Myra Dubois, Thursdays & Fridays Comedy, Cabaret, Party or all three including Anthem third birthday on Friday 23rd and a special bonfire SLAGS on the 4th. Click the headline for details. Advance tickets for some shows available from Ticketweb. Gay bar / club / cabaret Royal Vauxhall Tavern is at 372 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall.
Post-Poofter Purveyors of Progressive Working Class Entertainment. Hosted by Amy Lamé, music by Readers Wifes.
9pm - 2am.
S.L.A.G.S / CHILL-OUT
Huge dance anthems and commercial house from the DJs Simon Le Vans, Andy Almighty and Sean Sirrs.
2pm ‘til midnight. The brilliantly versatile D. E. Experience (aka Jonathan Hellyer) on stage at 5:30pm with hilarious stand up and live vocals.
Entry £8, £5 after 7.30pm
S.L.A.G.S/CHILL-OUT is the amazingly popular Sunday afternoon and Bank Holiday Monday sessions. Always packed to the rafters every week with an amazing 'no attitude', sexy and fun crowd. Come along and you'll see why it remains Vauxhall's longest running (and busiest) gay event!
The day kicks off at 2pm with SIMON LE VANS (Gaydar Radio) playing current house tunes. Taking to the stage at 5.30pm is our resident superstar cabaret THE D. E. EXPERIENCE.
The CHILL-OUT then takes over at 7pm with DJ ANDY ALMIGHTY (7th Heaven/Club Junkies) playing uplifting commercial house, party anthems and mixes you won’t hear anywhere else. The disco rocks through ‘til midnight with DJ SEAN SIRRS (Love Muscle) at 9.30pm, taking it tougher ‘til close.
End your weekend on a fantastic high, get to the RVT this (and every) Sunday for the biggest party in town.
Useful tip! Sundays at the RVT can be extremely busy. To ensure you do get in pre-show, it is wise to arrive well before 4pm.
SUNDAY 4th NOVEMBER
S.L.A.G.S/Chill-Out : BURN BABY BURN!
Join us for an explosive Bonfire Night warm up with a special show from the RVT’s very own sparkler, THE D.E. EXPERIENCE
plus a disco inferno with DJs Simon Le Vans, Andy Almighty and Sean Sirrs.
2pm ‘til midnight
Entry £8, £5 after 7.30pm
The Big Bingo Show with Timberlina & Hey Baylen
It's SO much more than bingo- this is bingo WITH BALLS!! A sensational night of reckless hilarity, great music, spontaneous dance routines, bearded ladiness and topical banter- what better way to start the week!
Music from DJ Hey Baylen.
Doors 7pm, Eyes Down 8.30pm -10.30pm, party ‘til midnight.
Heineken £2.50 a pint, House spirits £2.50
FREE on the door, £1 per game.
BAR WOTEVER - where Queer talents meet every Tuesday!
Bar Wotever at Royal Vauxhall Tavern is a hit and every Tuesday we see amazing Cabaret, Live Music and Performance Art on stage.
It is a night filled with established artists alongside new comers and fresh arrivals to London, You never know what you get really - excitement and flexibility is leading stars in this queer little night, now in it's fifth year
Bar Wotever is an alternative night out and the punters make the most of the atmosphere, the music and the acts.
Doors 6pm - Midnight
MYRA DUBOIS is ALIVE! At the RVT!
Quality Pub Entertainment!
Myra DuBois is Rotherham’s finest entertainment export since Paul Shane! ‘Common as muck, sharp as a tack and bold as you like’ (Time Out London), Myra returns from what might well be a gloriously successful Edinburgh Fringe run (It’s hard to tell at the time of writing. July.) to launch her brand new weekly residency at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern!
Myra has been nominated for a 2012 London Cabaret Award (didn’t win), was a New Act of the Year 2012 Finalist (didn’t win) and has graced the stage of the RVT before in the now legendary annual pantomimes, as well as in her own regular one-woman shows!
Now she’ll hold court weekly, welcoming to the stage a stellar line up of top-notch guests including a healthy blend of alt-drag, trad-drag, comedy, music, live art, rock’n’roll variety!
As well as the rotating weekly line up of special guests, the stage will be opening up to aspiring Cabaret performers of any discipline wanting to try out their wares before a live audience! The stars of tomorrow; TODAY!
Part Saturday Night at the Palladium, Part Opportunity Knocks this autumn Myra DuBois is ‘ALIVE! At the RVT!’.
“Acid tongued, funny to the bone” - Time Out London
“Screamingly funny, horribly near the knuckle!” - What’s On Stage
“Fifth rate” - Chortle
November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
TRINDY (7th November)
ALP HAYDAR (14th November)
HOLESTAR (28th November)
Myra DuBois onstage from 8.30pm
THURSDAY 1st NOVEMBER
Dawn Amber Harvey’s Charity Box
Part charity fundraiser, part unique performance event - Dawn Amber Harvey’s Charity Box gives you the chance to enjoy some top-class turns while experiencing the warm glow of giving.
Host for the evening is the legendary Eve Ferret (of infamous Blitz club regulars Biddy and Eve) who will be performing some of her, frankly barking mad, cabaret numbers. Also top of the bill is the amazing Al Pillay, a genius vocalist with the ability to convey deeply felt emotion and dramatic power.
Cry tears of mirth with ‘Time Out Critics Choice’ Alp Haydar, who will be continuing his on-going battle with his homophobic mother Sharia Law; and pick up comedy styling tips from celebrity hairdresser Dexter Clark.
Tap your feet along to Marcus Reeves who will be performing his debut single Black Tears and previewing songs from his forthcoming album Quicksilver – The Masquerade Macabre; plus hot diva Mzz Kimberley will be banging out a few tranny-tastic tunes.
This will all be topped off with the corn-slinging antics of Natalie Geographic, and further top names are still to be confirmed.
Proceeds from the evening will go to help, RVT resident tech and DJ, Dawn Amber Harvey to continue with further education.
Please give generously!
Doors 7pm, Show 8.30pm
THURSDAY 8th NOVEMBER
In aid of the Albert Kennedy Trust
Barelesque – Fairytales And Fantasy.
BARELESQUE III. Bigger, Better, Hotter. A veritable carnal carnival of culinary delights. Hosted by MAT FRASER - Transatlantic cabaret maestro who will be adding more than a pinch of his own brand of spice. Our menu of performers will have you wanting to lick more than your lips...
Tickets £10, available from the RVT website and Ticketweb.co.uk
Doors 7pm, Show 7.30pm
A night celebrating the body positive, kink and all-round naughtiness, Barelesque will feature a variety of performances including burlesque, poetry and more. All proceeds from Barelesque will go the amazing charity the Albert Kennedy Trust.
About the Albert Kennedy Trust
The Albert Kennedy Trust supports LGBT young people (16-25) who are homeless or living in a hostile environment. Many of our young people have been rejected by their parents or bullied at school just for being brave enough to come out and be themselves. We provide:
- Safe and supportive homes with LGBT Carers through our Supported Lodgings Schemes
- More informal supporting; helping young people build positive independent future through mentoring & befriending
- Advice information and support by phone, face to face or email: to help young people achieve their own tenancy, employment, training or return to education
- Opportunities for young people to become involved and valued through out Tomorrow’s Leaders training and volunteering programme
- Training to ensure other services can provide gay friendly support through our Quality Assurance Tool
To support our work please donate online www.justgiving.com/akt/donate
THURSDAY 15th NOVEMBER
The RVT Xmas Panto Preview The Comatose Beauty
The now legendary RVT Panto is back this December with a unique (and very adult) reworking of a British Panto Classic!
Join cabaret (gl)shitterati Mz Kimberley, Myra DuBois, Lorraine Bowen, Alp Haydar and Holestar as wigs fly, handbags are drawn and the tale of a sleeping beauty is told with not a spinning wheel in sight!
What happens when a bitter old queen isn't invited to the party? Can a lonesome widow protect her only child and what kind of a man kisses a tranny in a coma in the park whilst lying in a glass case?
All these questions answered and more in the RVT 2012 Knee's Up Panto Extravaganza!
Times: Doors 7pm, Show 8.30pm
Dates in December: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 27th and 28th.
THURSDAY 22nd NOVEMBER
At Dr. Sketchy we want to make life drawing more than nude models and serious sketching.
So we've scoured this great city to find beautiful burlesque performers, bizarre circus acts, and rippling hunks of man-flesh.
Then we let them loose on stage to release the artist in you! In between each round of sketching our larger-than-life models you get a chance to grab a drink get comfortable and take in some of the finest burlesque, comedy, music, poetry and quirky cabaret performances the big smoke has to offer.
Dr Sketchy isn't about being an amazing artist, it’s about having a go! So don't be shy and put pencil to paper, move it around and see what happens – you might be surprised! Materials provided, all you need bring is your enthusiasm!
Tickets £10 advance, £15 on the door.
Doors 7pm, show 8pm
THURSDAY 29th NOVEMBER
Das Vegas with Fank Sanazi
Frank Sanazi 'Leader of the Iraq Pack' Returns to the Royal Vauxhall Taverns Front Line with his all new 'Weimar Styled' Dark Cabaret show Das Vegas Night . With Outrageous Guests and Extreme Renditions of Swing Classic favourites like 'Strangers On My Flight' & 'Third Reich' he will have audiences literally Nailed to their seats.
The Ubermeister of Lounge has always been a big hit south of the river with his catchy anthem for the Scots, 'Devolution The Final Solution'. But RVT goers will go wild when they find out he is to be joined by his beautiful daughter Nancy Sanazi singing her recent hit single 'You Only Die Twice', she together with a sparkling array of Twisted Cabaret Stars will ensure that crowds will once again salute the Man who put the Gas in Vegas !
'For a truly funny Fuhrer, seek out Frank Sanazi's brilliant Hitler/Sinatra hybrid' - The Stage
'Comedy gold' - Evening Standard
'Diabolically good' - Music OMG
'We promise you'll never, ever have seen anything quite like it. Resistance is futile! '- Roar with Laughter
'Howlingly funny...you will be doubled over with mirth' - Night News (Scotland)
"One to catch at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival' - The Scotsman
Doors 7pm, Show 8.30pm
Advance tickets: at ticketweb and some held on the night, on the door, always.
FRIDAY 2nd NOVEMBER
East London’s pop cultural cabaret ambassadors of alternative drag are back south.
Got that Friday feeling? Want to start your weekend with some lip-synching, high-kicking, prosecco drinking, gender bending live entertainment.
East London’s original quintet of cross-dressing superstars Blanche Dubois, Richardette, John Sizzle, Lisa Lee and Rhyannon Styles return to The RVT.
All the usual topical, trivial, transvestite fun of the show PLUS The LipSinkers Friday night post show party.
Late bar and late doors with DJ Squeaky (Dalston Superstore/Tutti Frutti).
It’s a show, it’s a disco, and you’ll be friggin bonkers to miss it!
“You lot remind me of the Cockettes” Matt Lucas
"One of the capitals finest cabaret acts!" LondonTown.com
"Hilarious twisted style" - Time Out Recommended
"Bloody hell The LipSinkers are amazing" - The Guardian
Uniquely entertaining and distinctly different, with one overly-lashed eyeball on the pop-cultural horizon this is … “Possibly the most ridiculous, fun night out ever” (The Times).
"Bloody hell The Lipsinkers at Bistrotheque are amazing" Grace Dent (The Guardian)
"The LipSinkers bring the noble art of lip-synching and the chaos of 21st century camp cabaret together in a drag act of disturbing brilliance. Watch one of the Capital’s finest cabaret acts!” (LondonTown.com)
Doors 8pm, Show 9.30pm
Tickets £8 / £5 for fans/friends/stalkers
FRIDAY 9th NOVEMBER
WOTEVER WORLD - WOTEVER FRIDAYS!
Come and join Wotever for their monthly club night with live performance, music and dancing till the wee hours.
8pm till 2am
FRIDAY 16th NOVEMBER
Alp Haydar's Sharia Law
Winner of the TimeOut Audience Winner 2012, Alp Haydar, returns with his most ambitious work to date... Mixing live performance, wanton sexuality and mind-blowing video work. Selected as Critic's Choice, twice, back in July, this schizophrenic one-man pantomime will you leave you dazed, dazzled and delighted.
Having (SPOILERS) died at the very end of his last show, in this new adventure, Alp looks back on the life of his mother, Sharia Law, and asks 'Was she always so anti-fudge packing?'. An exciting socio-politcal sci-fi prequel! Think, if Salman Rusdie had owned a DeLorean.
"There has quite possibly in the history of mankind never been a show like Alp Haydar's.... thought-provoking, moving andeek. hilarious." TimeOut London
"The most exciting, unpredictable act in cabaret today" SoSoGay
Doors 7pm, Show 8.30pm.
FRIDAY 23rd NOVEMBER
ANTHEM - Old Skool Reunion
THE THIRD BIRTHDAY
Featuring classics from 20 years of Love Muscle
MARC ANDREWS (Love Muscle/Heaven/Market Tavern)
SEAN SIRRS (RVT/Love Muscle/Hope)
STEVE B (Heaven/The Limelight/Sound on Sunday)
Plus a very special PA:
‘Love Eviction’, ‘Happenin’ All Over Again’, ‘No Regrets’ Plus 2 New Quartzlock Productions
Advance request your favourite LOVE MUSCLE classic on the ANTHEM - OLD SKOOL REUNION group page and the most popular suggestions will be played on the night.
CD giveaway to the first 100 (paying) customers through the door.
Hosted by PIEERS
9pm Friday till 5am Saturday
Tickets £6 (at the bar and online) , OTD £8
FRIDAY 30th NOVEMBER
VOYAGEVOYAGE Scandipop Special
Scandinavians make the best pop music, yes? YES.
High time, then, for us to celebrate all that is amazing about Scandipop, with the Voyage Voyage! Scandipop Special...!
PLUS, the VV! crew are back - your hostess A MAN TO PET, residents DJBJ and JOHNNY KALIFORNIA, plus our favourite London-based Swede, JANNE OIJER, will be warming us up once more. How we're going to cram it all into 6 hours, we do not know.
* GATES OPEN AT 9PM, with FREE BOARDING before 10pm, and £5 or €5 after;
* The ROCHER will, as ever, be flowing;
* WE LAND AT 3AM local time;
Come, fly with us!