Roll Up, Roll Up! La Soirée returns to London

Jonathan Burns. Photo by Eric Forberger.Jonathan Burns. Photo by Eric Forberger.
Jonathan Burns. Photo by Eric Forberger.

Roll up, roll up – the circus is back in town! Last seen in London in 2011, multi award-winning cult hit La Soirée returns to the capital celebrating a triumphant world tour and the 10 year anniversary of the troupe’s first show.

Fresh from a six month residency at the spectacular Union Square Theatre in New York, a whirl around Australia and touring the land of the midnight sun, La Soirée returns at last to London.

London is the city that gave the little show with a big heart an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, four record-breaking, sell-out seasons at iconic venues including the heart-thumping Roundhouse and the decadent Hippodrome.

The show’s creative producer Brett Haylock said: “London is where audiences and critics fell in love with our dysfunctional family like no other.

“For our contemporary carnies and troubadours of no fixed abode, London is home”.

This Christmas La Soirée will be at Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival, in the shadow of the London Eye and with a view of Big Ben, returning to the sumptuous Spiegeltent of their 2010 season – a velvet draped salon of carved wood, polished mirrors, crystal and leadlight.

The La Soirée Spiegeltent at Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival will be host to the small round red stage from November 5 for a strictly limited 10 week run until January 11.

Hamish McCann

La Soirée’s heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety is more potent than ever.

Haylock is set to introduce some of the newest members to their ever-expanding and truly international family.

“We’ve been away from London for three years and have discovered extraordinary talents on our travels, so there’s a new generation of cabaret stars joining very dear old friends as well”.

It promises to be their hottest line up yet, so step in from the cold, leave your troubles at the door as you prepare to be amazed, astonished and aroused by the very crème de la crème of the cabaret world.

Among the acts appearing are:

THE ENGLISH GENTS – actually herald from Australia. Denis Lock and Hamish McCann are two delightfully devilish and cordial “English” gentlemen who perform inconceivable feats of acrobatic skill, strength and balance, whilst casually puffing a pipe, reading the newspaper and sporting the stiffest of British upper lips.

SCOTTY THE BLUE BUNNY – The spandex-clad spectacle Scotty sings, fiddles, twirls, performs magic and busts really big balloons with his butt. There’s nothing he can’t do in a bunny suit.

URSULA MARTINEZ – Her cult striptease act with its mischievous disappearing hankie is a jaw-dropping sensation.

David & Fofo

JESS LOVE – A veteran of Circus Oz, The Candy Butchers and The Burlesque Hour she has an array of traditional skills to her name but a very unorthodox approach to using them. swooning.

MARCUS MONROE – Comedian and juggler extraordinaire Marcus has brought his unique brand of humor, wit and specialty juggling to audiences from China to the Caribbean.

DAVID AND FOFO – New to the La Soirée family are David & Fofo! These two Swedes will amaze with their inspiring performances which feature ping-pong balls, juggling, acrobatics and trapeze work.

ASHER TRELEAVEN – The former drama school dropout but accomplished circus school graduate has travelled the world over with his unique blend of physical comedy, socially responsible rhetoric and overenthusiastic sexual patter.

JONATHAN BURNS – Born with the gifts of flexibility, curiosity, and goofiness. This anatomically incorrect, flexible comedian will have you in stitches.

SAULO & ANNA – The world’s one and only flying pole duo.

Further acts to be announced.

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