Soho Sounds: Jazz – Wednesdays
Join us every Wednesday for a night that will take you back to the swinging spirit of bohemian Soho in an intimate and seriously stylish setting. Soho Sounds: Jazz will showcase the very best vocal jazz on the scene, with a different prestigious guest singer joining our wonderful house band every week. Featuring Alex Webb on piano, Pete Hill on drums and Andy Champion on double bass, confirmed vocalists include Lauren Bush, Jo Harrop, and Fil Straughan.
The House Band:
Alex Webb (piano)
Alex Webb is a pianist, arranged and songwriter whose songs have been performed by many UK and international jazz artists. Known particularly for working with vocalists, he has also created and produced a series of words-and-music shows including Strayhorn the Songwriter, Charlie Parker on Dial, Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee and Cafe Society Swing, which has enjoyed theatre runs in London and New York where it won a New York Times ‘Critic’s Pick’. He recently co-composed and produced the musical Stormy: The Life of Lena Horne with actor/writer Camilla Beeput and has been touring with the show ‘A Portrait of Cannonball’, celebrating saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. He has also worked in music radio, music publishing, at live music venues and as a news and features journalist. ‘Plays the piano as nimbly as Fred Astaire dances’ – Theeasy.com
Andy Champion (double bass)
One of the most sought-after electric bassists on the UK jazz scene, Champion graduated from Newcastle College in 1998, initially working throughout the UK and Europe as a electric bassist and drummer. But after taking up double bass in 2003 he rapidly built a reputation that has led to recording and performing with top names such as Bob Mintzer, Tim Garland, Jason Yarde and Andy Sheppard. In 2013 he was awarded a place on Serious’ ‘Take Five’ development scheme for outstanding young musicians; he has since played alongside major international figures including Marc Ducret, Marilyn Crispell and Matt Maneri. He also has a long-standing duo project with jazz vocalist Zoë Gilby.
Pete Hill (drums)
Growing up in Brighton surrounded by a broad palette of influences including Rock, Soul and Jazz, Pete Hill has always admired fusion bands such as Weather Report and Jaga Jazzist as well as straight-ahead jazzers. He attended the jazz course at Chichester College at the age of sixteen and went on to the jazz programme at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London; now resident in London he plays with many of the top UK instrumentalists and is a fixture on the club scene.
5th Feb 2020, Fil Straughan
Owner of an astonishingly rich soul voice – often compared to Luther Vandross – Straughan makes a rare appearance as a jazz vocalist of the first order. He has previously worked with Ray Lewis’ Drifters, Hot Chocolate, Kool & the Gang, Ed Sheeran and many others. He is also a busy songwriter, with five albums, largely of original material, under his belt. His most recent, the double CD ‘Conversations with Myself’ was released in April 2014. In between his solo releases he has added vocals and writing to a wide variety of projects, from jazz to House, including UK Shakatak’s George Anderson’s 2 CD projects ‘Expressions & Positivity’.
12th Feb 2020, Lauren Bush
Born and raised in Canada, Lauren relocated to London six years ago. Early in her career she was lucky enough to open for trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson; she has since performed at the Victoria International Jazz Festival, the London Jazz Festival, Royal Albert Hall and London’s Pizza Express. Lauren was a top 20 finalist in the Riga Jazz Stage Competition in Riga, Latvia in 2014 and was a Top 5 Finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2016, travelling to New Jersey to compete with the other four finalists where she performed for jazz legends Sheila Jordan, Dianne Reeves and Christian McBride. Her recent debut album, ‘All My Treasures’ was produced by vocal jazz master Ian Shaw.
19th Feb 2020, Sandra Nkaké
A rare London visit for this Paris-based cult singer. Growing up in both Yaoundé (Cameroun) and Paris, singer-songwriter Sandra Nkaké was used to moving between two cultures and two climates. Her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris – first to become a journalist and then an English teacher – did not prevent her from living a double life as a singer and an actress in pieces that blended theatre and music. She began to make a name for herself in the Paris music scene of the noughties, working with artists from many different backgrounds: Jacques Higelin, Daniel Yvinec and the National Jazz Orchestra, Julien Lourau, Nana Vasconcelos, Ji Mob and her own group project, Push Up. Recently she won rave reviews for London appearances in Georgia Mancio’s ReVoice festival at the Pizza Express and in the London Jazz Festival show ‘Strayhorn The Songwriter’ at the Cadogan Hall. Her most recent album, ‘Tangerine Moon Wishes’, was released in 2017.
26th Feb 2020, Jo Harrop
Durham-born jazz singer Harrop ‘was born to sing jazz!’ according to Blues & Soul magazine. Her warm, intimate voice reflects her childhood absorption of the records of Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Julie London & Peggy Lee, the vocal masters who inspired her to sing. In the pop world she has provided backing vocals for major names including Neil Diamond, Liann Rimes and Enrique Iglesias; her co-written song ‘Little Laughter’ was recorded by Acoustic Alchemy on their album ‘Radio Contact’. She has worked all the London jazz venues including the Jazz Café where she supported The Blind Boys of Alabama; her fans include composer Howard Blake OBE and jazz pioneer Courtney Pine CBE. Jo Harrop recently guested on the recent album ‘Call Me Lucky’ by Alex Webb & The Copasetics; her own album, ‘Songs For The Late Hours’ was released in 2018.
Finale – Thursdays
After the curtains have fallen in theatres across the West End, our Finale is just beginning. Every week, a star of the stage will take to the mic to share their favourite songs and stories – maybe even a drink or two. Our intimate cabaret space is the perfect place to hear your favourite showtunes like never before, in a stripped-back style that lets those incredible vocals shine. Don’t miss your chance to spend an exclusive evening with some of the West End’s brightest stars.
13th Feb 2020, TBC
20th Feb 2020, Kieran Brown
Kieran has most recently played Murdoch in the UK & Ireland touring production of Titanic. Other Theatre includes: u/s Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Elphaba’s Father and u/s Dillamond and Wizard in Wicked (Apollo Victoria); u/s Raoul in Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre); Feuilly in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre & O2 Arena); Doc in the European première of Pipe Dream (Union Theatre); Phantom in UK première of Maury Yeston’s Phantom (Rose & Crown Theatre); The Actor in the Woman In Black, Algernon Moncreiff in The Importance Of Being Earnest, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Beyond Therapy (International Theatre, Vienna); Three Phantoms (Macau & Singapore).
Cabaret and concerts include: Scots In The City (Above The Arts & The Other Palace); My Big Fat MUSICAL Cabaret (Union Theatre); Once Upon A Song (Lauderdale House); Music That Matters (Union Theatre & Drachengasse Theatre, Vienna); West End Winters & West End Spring – Switched (Theatre Drachengasse, Vienna); West End To Broadway (English Theatre Of Vienna); Scott Alan New Year’s Concert Live At Zedel (Crazy Coqs); A Touch Of West End (Woburn); Three Witches (Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth).
Kieran is a founding member of and works extensively with The Barricade Boys. He has featured on several albums of new Musical Theatre writing and has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
27th Feb 2020, Sabrina Aloueche
Theatre includes: Chess (The Coliseum), Belle in Starlight Express (The Other Palace), Pippi in Great American Trailer Park Musical (Waterloo East Theatre), Maureen Johnson in Rent (Interval Productions), Scaramouche in We Will Rock You and Eponine in Les Misérables.
Television includes: South of the Border, The Bill, Casualty and 999 Reconstruction
Film includes: The Underwater Realm
Radio includes: Eponine in the BBC Radio Broadcast for the 21st anniversary celebrations for Les Misérables.
5th March 2020, Laura Pitt-Pulford
Laura recently played Trina in Falsettos (The Other Palace). She was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance as Milly Braydon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regents Park). Other Theatre includes: Little Miss Sunshine (Arcola), Charity in Sweet Charity (Pimlico Opera), Flowers For Mrs. Harris (Chichester and Sheffield Crucible), The Grönholm Method and Barnum (both for Menier Chocolate Factory), Nell Gwynn (Globe Theatre, UK Tour), Platinum (Hampstead Theatre), Side Show (Southwark Playhouse), The Sound of Music, Piaf and Hello Dolly (all for Leicester Curve), The Light Princess (National Theatre), A Man of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse), Mack and Mabel and Parade (both Southwark Playhouse), Guys and Dolls (The Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Salisbury Playhouse), Copacabana (The Watermill) and Sunset Boulevard (The Watermill and West End).
12th March 2020, Divalution
Celebrating six years together, Divalution come to Boulevard to perform an intimate evening of their favourite arrangements.
All solo artists in their own right, Laura Tebbutt, Sejal Keshwala and Lisa-Marie Holmes come together to create a sound like no other. Between them they have appeared in West End favourites including Les Misérables, Everyone’s Talking About Jamie, Bend It Like Beckham, Priscilla: Queen of The Desert and School of Rock.
Whether performing internationally, on the West End or in the UKs most prestigious concert venues, these girls are never short of a sequin or an anecdote. Join three best friends as they share their passion for the biggest voices from stage and screen.
COMEDY – Fridays
Late Night Scene:
Welcome to the Late Night Scene where the boldest and funniest comics in town perform in this gleefully unruly after hours mixed-bill show.
14th Feb 2020, MC Kae Kurd
Further acts to be announced
Smart, sharp and brilliantly astute, Kae Kurd is a young British-Kurdish stand up making a serious name for himself. Passionate about making politics accessible to his peers, his comedy presents beautifully crafted slick routines with confident cutting-edge flair.
In 2016, he was part of the Pleasance’s prestigious Comedy Reserve showcase and supported Dane Baptiste on his nationwide tour. In 2017 Kae took his debut hour to the Edinburgh Fringe achieving excellent critical acclaim. His unique back story as a child refugee and his emergence from the Black British comedy circuit totally shining out amongst the newcomer landscape. He went on to support Mo Gilligan on his huge Coupla Cans tour.
2019 was another standout year for Kae. He is now recognised as one of the UK’s fastest rising online comedy stars, creating and curating short form content across a range of platforms, particularly notable for this hit podcast Quota’s Full. His debut Stand Up Special Kurd Your Enthusiasm was another huge success with Joe.co.uk’s Creative Director noting “It’s intriguing – and exciting – that a performer with such a slick mainstream swagger is able to weave so many socio-political issues into his act.”
TV credits include Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Don’t Hate the Playaz as both writer and on screen talent (ITV2), The Tez O’clock Show (Channel 4) Know Your Rights (own series on Channel 4 OD), Comedians Solve World Problems (Comedy Central) Three Guys Eat (BBC Three) and BBC Asian Network’s Big Comedy Night.
His radio appearances include A Night of International Comedy for BBC World Service and Best of the Fringe for BBC Radio 4 Extra. He’s also a regular radio presenter on BBC Asian Network.
28th Feb 2020, MC Lou Sanders
Further acts to be announced
Lou Sanders is one of the most original comedians in Britain. She is the current reigning champion of the last series of Taskmaster (DAVE) and other recent television appearances include QI (BBC2), Travel Man: 48 Hours in… (Channel 4), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Hypothetical (DAVE), Aisling Bea’s sitcom This Way Up (C4), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky 1), Jon Richardson’s Ultimate Worrier (DAVE) and Karl Pilkington’s sitcom Sick of It (Sky One).
13th March 2020, MC Tiff Stevenson
Further acts to be announced
Tiff Stevenson is an award winning stand-up comedian, actor and writer, whose thought provoking comedy and satire has played to audiences worldwide from London, Sydney, Montreal, New York, Shanghai and beyond.
As an actress she has appeared in ground breaking shows such as The Office, White Gold, & and as a series regular on hit shows such as BAFTA winning People Just Do Nothing (BBC & Netflix) & Game Face (E4/Hulu). On her role in People Just Do Nothing the Independent Newspaper said ‘Character actor and stand-up comedian Tiff Stevenson has given the show multiple new layers’. PJDN is now available on Netflix in the US and Canada.
She has taken 5 solo stand up shows to the Edinburgh Festival. Her 2019 Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Mother’ received a slew of 4 and 5 star reviews – all of which can be found here.
As a stand up and radio/TV personality Tiff is a regular on British shows such as Drunk History, Mock The Week , 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Apprentice -You’re Fired, The Blame Game & This Week. Tiff is also the host of the Tiny Revolutions podcast in association with Lush Cosmetics – in each episode she discussed with a guest comedian how comedy can be used as a social tool. The first series came out earlier this year, and she will be recording series 2 soon. Guests include Desiree Burch, Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar and Tawny Newsome.
The Yes Queens:
Grab your weekend by the crown jewels and say yes to a raucous night of comedy with the women ruling the improv scene.
Join us every other Friday for central London’s first female-led comedy improv night. Each week a different line-up of queens will grab the sceptre and hilariously hold court for an evening of spontaneous scenes, sketches and games created on the spot with suggestions from you, the audience.
21st Feb 2020, Charlie Russell from Mischief Theatre with the Yes Queens
Charlie trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and has been Creative Development for Mischief Theatre. Her work with Mischief Theatre includes Sandra (also BBC 1, Pleasance) The Play That Goes Wrong (UK Tour, West End, Broadway); Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Pleasance, West End, BBC1 adaptation); Caprice, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (West End); A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (BBC1); The Goes Wrong Show (BBC Sitcom); Improviser, Mischief Movie Night (West End, UK Tour).
Charlie co-produced (as part of Mischief) the Mischief Movie Night London Run and UK Tour (2017/2018). She has just independently produced a new solo piece, piano_play by Calum Finlay for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Other acting work includes; Doctors (BBC 1), And Then There Were None (BBC1 & Mammoth Screen) #FindTheGirl (BBC3 Online), A Twist of Dahl (BBC Radio 4)
6th March 2020, Rachel Parris with the Yes Queens
Rachel Parris is a BAFTA Nominated comedian, musician actor and improviser, best known for her viral segments on BBC2’s The Mash Report.
She has appeared on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, QI, Would I Lie To You, Hypothetical and recently, Comedians Giving Lectures, and Harry Hill’s ClubNite on channel 4, as well as a one-off archive show The Girls Guide to TV, for BBC2.
As a musical comedian, she has won critical acclaim for her solo shows which have run at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Soho Theatre London and on national tours, and has been awarded The Chortle Award for Best Variety Act, Best Musical Comedy Show (Whats On London), Best Jokes of the Fringe (Telegraph), nominated for Best Show 2016 (Funny Women) and recommended as a Pick of the Fringe by the Guardian who described it as “Beautifully crafted and performed…tears of laughter”.
She is also an experienced improviser, and is a founding member of the award-winning improv comedy smash hit Austentatious, an Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show, UK Tour sell-out, with a residency in London’s West End and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Rachel also guests with the Comedy Store Players and Whose Line is it Anyway.
She appears regularly on BBC Radio 4, including in The Now Show, The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and a forthcoming standup special. As an actor she has appeared in the IT Crowd Special on Channel 4, BBC2’s Murder In Successville, Plebs on ITV2, Russell Howard’s Good News, satirical sketch show Revolting and more recently, in There She Goes for BBC 4.
She lives in South West London with her husband and a chameleon called Roy.
After Dark Cabaret – Saturdays
Calling all denizens of the demi-monde! Drop by the Boulevard After Dark to encounter Soho’s latest, greatest late-night cabaret. Enjoy a bewitching cocktail of musical incantations, rib-tickling comedy and dazzling circus spectacle in the company of The Black Cat Cabaret gang. A paw-picked selection of visiting luminaries from across the international scene awaits!
15th February 2020
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7th March 2020
14th March 2020
Sunday Service: Poetry
From ballads to blank verse and sonnets to slam battles, this event will explore how we take poetry from the page and bring it to life through performance and discussion. Curated by leading poetry society Live Canon, each week offers a platform to guests from different parts of the verse world to come together and share their work in an exciting and enlightening way.
16th Feb 2020, Love Songs of WW3: The Poetry and Songs of Adrian Mitchell
An energetic tour through the miraculous poetry and songs of Adrian Mitchell.
Pete Moser and Sasha Mitchell perform Adrian’s poetry and songs from his theatre shows and collaborative works in an anarchic cabaret.
From ‘Tell me Lies About Vietnam’ to his elegiac ‘Victor Jara’ and the singalong delight of ‘Bad Friday’ and ‘Marie Lloyd’, the show is a collection of just a few of his most popular and loved writings. Both Sasha and Pete toured the UK with Adrian on numerous occasions from 1984 until his death in 2008.
“Actor/singer Sasha Mitchell’s tribute to her late dad, the poet Adrian Mitchell, was the high spot of this year’s BIG LIT. Sasha and musician Pete Moser brought Adrian’s lyrics to life with their loving, touching, political, lyrical and often funny interpretations. Love Songs of World War 3 ticks every box to make this a truly memorable show.” Chrys Salt MBE: Artistic Director of BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival 2019.
1st March 2020, Poets from Salt Publishing
‘In a publishing world where everything seems to be about agglomeration, it’s cheering to see a company making a sustained case for the power of the small and the singular. I have been surprised and delighted by so many of Salt’s books over the years. It has compelled me to read outside the box. Watching its list grow and develop has been an unpredictable pleasure.’ Claire Armitstead, The Guardian
Join us for readings of work old and new from Salt’s poets including Peter Daniels, Kirsten Irving, Tony Williams and Eleanor Rees.
Kirsten Irving is a Lincolnshire-born, London-based poet and voiceover, and one of the two editor behind collaborative press Sidekick Books. Her work has been published by Happenstance and Salt, widely anthologised, and thrown out of a helicopter. She won the 2011 and 2017 Live Canon International Poetry Prizes, and is currently working on Kumo, a sci-fi collaboration with artist Renee O’Drobinak on demons in post-apocalyptic Japan.
Tony Williams’s first book The Corner of Arundel lane and Charles Street was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh and Portico Prizes. He lives in rural Northumberland and works in Newcastle. His novel Nutcase was published in 2017, and his most recent poetry collection is Hawthorn City (2019).
Peter Daniels has now had his third collection, My Tin Watermelon, published by Salt. His translations of Vladislav Khodasevich from Russian (Angel Classics, 2013) were shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld translation prize, and as queer writer in residence at the London Metropolitan Archives he wrote the obscene Ballad of Captain Rigby.
8th March 2020, Miranda Peake, Robin Houghton, Tania Hershman and Katie Griffiths
It’s international women’s day, and we welcome four brilliant poets to celebrate it with us. Miranda Peake, Robin Houghton, Tania Hershman and Katie Griffiths were the four winners of the 2019 Live Canon Pamphlet Competition, resulting in four stunning new books: ‘Yellow’, ‘Why? and Other Questions, ‘How High Did She Fly’ and ‘My Shrink is Pregnant’. Hear them share their work, old and new.
Tania Hershman is the author of a poetry collection, ‘Terms and Conditions’ (Nine Arches, 2017), a poetry chapbook, ‘Nothing Here is Wild, Everything is Open’ (Southword, 2016), and three short story collections, most recently ‘Some Of Us Glow More Than Others’ (Unthank Books, 2017). Her hybrid poetry/prose pamphlet is forthcoming from Guillemot Press in March 2020. She is co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers and Artists Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014). Tania is one of the founders of the OnThisDayShe Twitter account putting women back into history, has a PhD in creative writing inspired by particle physics, is writer-in-residence in Manchester’s Southern Cemetery, and is working on a hybrid book about time.
Miranda Peake is a poet and visual artist based in London. Her poems have been published in journals and magazines including Ambit, Banshee, Bare Fiction, Oxford Poetry, Magma, The Moth and The Rialto. In 2014 she won the Mslexia Poetry Competition and in 2018 she was placed second in the Poetry and Psychoanalysis Competition. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and is part of the Hornet Press. She is the owner of independent bookshop, Chener Books in East Dulwich.
Katie Griffiths grew up in Ottawa, Canada, in a family originally from Northern Ireland. In 2019 she was awarded second prize in the National Poetry Competition, and in 2016 was published in Primers Volume One by Nine Arches Press. A member of three poetry groups – Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, Red Door Poets, and Octavo – Katie is also singer-songwriter in the band ‘A Woman in Goggles’, which actually consists of five people who mostly choose not to wear goggles.
Robin Houghton’s most recent pamphlet Why? was a winner in the Live Canon Pamphlet Competition in 2019. Her work has also won the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Competition and the Hamish Canham Prize from the Poetry Society. Robin’s poetry appears in many magazines including Agenda, Magma, Poetry News, The Moth and The Rialto, and in numerous anthologies including The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear).
Sunday Service – Podcasts
23rd Feb 2020 at 3.30pm: Best Day Ever with Glyn Maxwell and Hannah Maxwell and special guest Simon Armitage
BEST DAY EVER is a brand-new comedy parlour game for grim times.
This weeks very special guest, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, must spend a surreal day in The Best Village Ever, choosing between bizarre, sublime and ridiculous offers made by three mischievous Angel-Guides. Expect the nonsensical, the beautiful, and trampolining with Judi Dench.
A weekly podcast, a quiz show, a surreal flight of fancy, BEST DAY EVER is the perfect antidote to whatever this country’s ON…
Glyn Maxwell (Hannah’s Uncle) is a poet and playwright who’s been making up stupid games since his year off.
Hannah Maxwell (Glyn’s Niece) is a writer and performer who is overly pushy with organised fun.
1st March 2020, Fat Chat
Fat Chat is your weekly plus size helping of frank, honest and often hilarious body confident chat! Listen to plus size influencers Georgina Horne from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, Hayley Stewart from Curves & Curls and Rivkie Baum from SLiNK Magazine discuss all the things you text your best friend about. In this live recording of their podcast the girls will give their audience a no BS and often hilarious look at diet culture, and discuss the importance of body confidence, media diversity and feminism in unlearning those toxic narratives and moving to a place of body acceptance and love.
8th March 2020, Adulting: International Women’s Day Special
Oenone Forbat is the host of Adulting, the conversational podcast that has now reach almost 2 million downloads, is currently featured on iTunes, and has twice been number 1 in the Apple podcast charts. Season 4 covered the ‘How To’, with guests such as MP Jess Phillips, comedian and activist Grace Campbell, authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene, and photo Journalist Alice Aedy.
Exploring topics such as how socio-political and cultural factors might impact the way we fit into society and how we ‘grow up’, as well as recognising – and learning to check – our privileges. Covering topics ranging from female pleasure to white saviourism with guests such as Sofie Hagen, Charly Cox and Henry Fraser.
Season 5 aims to be bigger and better, covering the “Why’s” of many issues we face in Adult life.