Ahead of her Cabaret at Tea Time at Lauderdale House, Shona White takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

West End favourite Shona White is set to thrill audiences with her dazzling vocals next weekend when she performs a very special cabaret at Lauderdale House. The songstress – who is perhaps best known for her portrayals of Elphaba in Wicked and Donna in MAMMA MIA! – will headline the Cabaret at Tea Time event and will be supported by London stage stars Stewart Briggs and Tim McArthur.

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Shona took some time off from her preparations to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I have been enjoying exploring new work, most recently Page to Stage at The Other Palace and The Break at The Arts Theatre. There is a lot of exciting new writing out there at the moment. I’m also gearing up for my next Lauderdale House cabaret which is this Sunday 15th.

  1. What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?

I think after 20 years in this crazy business it must be tenacity! This is not the easiest profession to work in but I’m still here!

  1. What is your favourite Book?

I always find these questions hard to answer as there are so many good books/songs/films!  My favourite book I have read fairly recently is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I have subsequently watched the movie but the book was far superior as is often the case. I have her new one ready to go! I don’t often find time to read but when I do I love a good autobiography.

  1. What are you currently watching on TV?

There is so much good British drama on at the moment. I have just finished Dr Foster. I watched the first season on catch up so I could watch season 2 with the nation. Fantastic acting! I hope there will be a 3rd as they left me wanting more…

I’m also enjoying Liar.

  1. Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?

That’s hard as I love all 3! I guess if pushed I’d have to say restaurant. One of my favourite things to do is dine out. I’m a real foodie!

  1. What’s your favourite sweet?

Dessert or sweetie? Dessert anything salted caramel at the moment! Sweets I love a simple Dairy Milk bar or Haribo. I have a sweet tooth!

  1. What did you want to be when you were a child?

 An air hostess as I thought it was super glamorous!

  1. What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?

I have always been attracted to shiny things and as a little girl on a trip to our village chemist with my mum, unbeknownst to her, I took glittery nail polishes from the shelf. My mum was mortified when she found them and marched me straight back to own up and apologise!

  1. What is your proudest achievement to date?

There are so many shows and parts I am proud of. I’ve been around a long time! My favourite role was probably Florence in Chess. Nothing makes me prouder than making my parents proud though! Not that I want to make people cry but when they are in the audience a few tears of pride give me a reason to keep doing what I’m doing.

  1. What’s next?

There are a few new shows coming up next year I’ve got my eye on!

For now I’m keeping busy with solo projects. I am also an Ambassador for Adoption UK, an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music and I may have another position to add to my list very soon! Watch this space…

In homage to Lauderdale House’s glorious past – after the House was restored in 1893 it served as the Waterlow Park tearoom for 70 years- they have introduced a Cabaret at Tea Time with a ticket offer that combines afternoon tea plus cabaret ticket.

You can join Shona White for Cabaret at Tea Time at Lauderdale on Sunday 15 October at 15:30. You can find more details on the website http://www.lauderdalehouse.co.uk/page.asp?ID=2494&PID=1&PVID=3240

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Musical cabaret about Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury & Kenny Everett’s secret night out at London gay pub to tour UK

In 1988, Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett reportedly helped Princess Diana escape the pressures of palace life by dressing her in drag and smuggling her into London’s notorious gay pub: the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Twenty years after her untimely demise and based on real accounts, Royal Vauxhall commemorates Diana’s death by reliving the night of her life.

As the princess, the clown and the rock king sing, drink and dance together, their wild night unfolds as the weight of responsibility and the spectre of AIDS looms over them.

Now the stuff of urban legend, details of the trio’s night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern first came to the fore in the 1998 autobiography of Cleo Rocos: the longtime collaborator of Kenny Everett. Royal Vauxhall irreverently opens up this infamous evening as three high-profile friends explore their sexuality, their mortality and the claustrophobia of Royal family life.

Royal Vauxhall was developed and first aired at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, the celebrated gay pub where this notorious event purportedly took place, and one of the few iconic gay cabaret venues still standing. The show was written partly in response to the widespread closing of iconic gay and gay friendly pubs and clubs in London and around the country. It explores the need for safety and sanctuary for minority communities, as well as for famous people who need a place to hide.

Royal Vauxhall stars international musical comedy sensation Carrie Marx as Princess Diana (The Segue Sisters, Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen), cabaret favourite Joe Morrow as Kenny Everett (Café de Paris, Bungabunga) and the Edinburgh Spotlight Best Cabaret Award-winning performer and MC Desmond O’Connor (BBC Radio One’s Fun and Filth Scott Mills: The Musical).

Royal Vauxhall will embark on its Premiere UK Tour from 27th August – 5th October

www.royalvauxhall.co.uk

The Lovely Aimi Macdonald takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Aimi Macdonald started her career as a dancer in Paris and Las Vegas, but went on to become a regular on the West End Stage. Her career has since been filled with tours, television performances and film’s starring alongside the likes of Roger Moore and Oliver Reed.

The internationally acclaimed performer is bringing her cabaret show about her journey in the ‘Biz’ to the Pheasantry on the Kings Road next month and it promises to be an evening filled with song and laughter from ‘the lovely Aimi Macdonald’.

Aimi took some time off from rehearsals to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

New Material for my next Show at The Pheasantry, 02/08/17.

Writing my book!

What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?

My energy, enthusiasm and love of Show Business.                  

What is your favourite Book?

The Folk Of The Far Away Tree, by Enid Blyton.

What are you currently watching on TV? 

The Loch, ITV Sunday at 9pm.

Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?

Musical Theatre and Dinner afterwards (Is both ok?) 

What’s your favourite sweet?

Rum and Raisin Ice Cream. 

What did you want to be when you were a child? 

A STAR…

What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?

Me & my friend did hat sprinkling with confetti, on gentlemen’s hats as they came up the stairs in train stations; so that when they tipped their hats at ladies, it went all over them. 

What is your proudest achievement to date?

My lovely daughter. 

What’s next? 

My Cabaret Show at The Pheasantry, Chelsea on August 2nd 2017.

Plus my appearance in SUNDAY AT EIGHT, at The Leicester Square Theatre, on October 15th, 2107, in aid of The Royal Variety Charity.

 

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www.sundayateight.com

www.aimimacdonald.com

Acclaimed cabaret star, Tori Scott to make UK debut

Celebrated singer, Tori Scott will make her UK debut this month culminating with a residency at Live at Zedel in London.

Named one of Time Out New York’s Top 10 Cabaret Artists, Tori Scott makes her hilarious UK debut with Thirsty! direct from sell-out performances at The Public Theater, New York. The show celebrates poor life choices and an unconditional love of vodka set to the music of Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland, Miley Cyrus and more. It is a shameless musical journey of slurred autobiographical stories and songs written by other people.

Tori is referred to as a Garland for the Grindr era and has been hailed as “the Bette Midler of the New Millennium” by Provincetown Magazine, “a soul baring singer & sharp comedian” by Huffington Post and “the sound of someone who’s not afraid to show you just how human she is, while her super-human pipes blow you away” by Broadway World.

TORI SCOTT is a New York-based singer, actress, and comedian. In addition to Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, where she appears regularly, Tori has toured her solo shows to Los Angeles, Dallas, San Diego, Provincetown, and most recently as a headliner for RSVP Vacations, where she entertained 2,000 shirtless gay men throughout the Caribbean. Tori regularly headlines the Pride celebrations at Joe’s Pub in New York City.

Tori Scott will be at Live at Zedel, London: 28 July @ 9.15pm | 29 July @ 11pm | 30 July @ 7pm itstoriscott.com

West End favourite, Alison Arnopp takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Alison Arnopp recently graced the London stage when she portrayed Julie in the celebrated production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Donmar Warehouse. The talented performer is not only an acclaimed actress however, and has trained in both classical singing and musical theatre. She was part of the fabulous showcase performance of the new musical Eugenius! at the London Palladium and also took on the role of Dusty Springfield in a show charting the singer’s career at the Charing Cross Theatre.

Next weekend Alison will take to the stage at The Phoenix Artists Club to present her brand new solo cabaret show entitled I Made You a MixTape, but took some time off from rehearsals to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

I Made You a MixTape- it’s a cabaret inspired by all the music I have swapped with exes over the years…! It’s been lots of fun rooting out my favourites and the cabaret covers everything from folk to opera and jazz to country music.

 

What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?

The people I surround myself with- supportive friends, great teachers, encouraging agents, a decent therapist….and sticking with it.

 

What is your favourite Book?

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

 

What are you currently watching on TV?

I have just started watching GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) on Netflix.

 

Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?

Usually a comedy show of some sort- improv or stand-up.

 

What’s your favourite sweet?

Chocolate please.

 

What did you want to be when you were a child?

A trapeze artist. I’m not sure I fully understood what that entailed.

 

What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?

We had a vegetable garden and my friend and I would mix up the soil and water and apply it to stones like we were icing cakes- I managed to convince my younger sister to eat mud. Sorry Carol.

 

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Writing my and performing my own play RE-HUMAN in a beautiful little caravan to small groups of strangers. The response was wonderfully unexpected and it was a really intimate and rewarding experience.

 

What’s next?

I’m performing with the RSC at the Barbican as we transfer our recent production of The Tempest there for the summer. I’m also co-writing a show of original songs about friendship and doing as much improv as I can fit in!

 

Alsion Arnopp is performing I Made You a MixTape at The Phoenix Artist Club on Sunday 2 July https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/GKLIHI

Theatre News: Louise Redknapp and Will Young to star in national tour of Cabaret

Internationally renowned singer/songwriter, Will Young, reprises his Olivier Award-nominated performance as the enigmatic Emcee alongside musician and presenter Louise Redknapp, who makes her stage debut as Sally Bowles in Rufus Norris’ multi-award winning production of Cabaret.

Will Young as Emcee in Cabaret. Photograph by Keith Pattison

Cabaret will embark on a UK tour this autumn, opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 21stSeptember 2017 and playing theatres in Blackpool, Cardiff, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Salford, Edinburgh, Bromley and Brighton.

Ever since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, Will Young has been one of the UK’s most popular and successful music artists. He holds the record for the fastest selling debut single in British chart history, and has enjoyed a phenomenal career in music with four No1 albums, as well as acting alongside Dame Judi Dench in the film Mrs Henderson Presents. Will made his West End debut in Cabaret and will be reprising his award winning performance.

Louise Redknapp rose to fame as a member of the girl group Eternal. She left the band to carve out a successful solo career achieving an impressive twelve Top 20 singles, including the hits Naked and Stuck in the Middle and selling over 5 million records with 5 albums. Since then she has rarely left our television screens and most recently wowed the nation with her dancing skills finishing ‘runner up’ in the 2016 series of BBC1’sStrictly Come Dancing.

Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including ‘Money Makes The World Go Round’, ‘Two Ladies’ ‘Maybe This Time’ and of course‘Cabaret’. The production turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sassy, sizzling haven of decadence, and at its dark heart is the legendary and notorious Emcee, who performs nightly at the infamous Kit Kat Klub.

Since its Broadway premiere in 1966 and the famous movie version with Liza Minnelli and Oscar winner Joel Grey, Cabaret has won a staggering number of stage and screen awards including 8 Oscar’s, 7 BAFTA’s and 13 Tony’s. Norris’ production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs and has picked up 2 Olivier Awards.

Cabaret will open at the New Theatre Wimbledon on 21 September

West End star Tiffany Graves takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

When you see the name Tiffany Graves on a cast list, you know you’re in for a treat. As one of the most recognisable names on the West End musical scene, the acclaimed performer has starred in some of the biggest shows around including Sweet Charity, The Producers, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Cats and The Witches of Eastwick.

Most recently Tiffany was part of an all-star cast at the newly rebranded The Other Palace in the critically acclaimed musical The Wild Party.

No stranger to performing solo however, the acclaimed songstress is once again preparing to captivate audiences in a more intimate setting when she takes to the stage at The Peasantry in Chelsea next week. Her brand new cabaret show entitled Up All Night promises to be a night filled with song and comedy.

We challenged Tiffany to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

1. What are you currently working on?

My cabaret! Next Friday at The Pheasantry.

2. What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?

Loving what I do. And chocolate.

3. What is your favourite Book?

Of human bondage by Somerset Maugham

4. What are you currently watching on TV?

Right now? As I’m typing??! BBC Young Dancer 2017 Grand Final.

5. Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?

Would have to be theatre followed by dinner to discuss the show.

6. What’s your favourite sweet?

Curly wurly

7. What did you want to be when you were a child?

Back row of the chorus… kidding! Doing exactly what I am doing.

8. What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?

 I couldn’t possibly say!

9. What is your proudest achievement to date?

Being chosen to be part of NT 50.

10. What’s next?

My cabaret!  https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/tiffany-graves-up-all-night