Lynn Gardner has a great article (What cabaret can teach traditional theatre ) about the current boom in the UK’s cabaret scene and the stellar talent that infuses it. According to Gardner “It may have become a term of abuse on The X Factor, but as cabaret goes from strength to strength it’s attracting some of our brightest“.
Gardener goes on to say that “one of the sheer pleasures of cabaret is that it is so all-embracing. It takes in everything from Maria Friedman at the Matcham Room, a newish space about which the Stage’s Mark Shenton and others are raving, and which is bringing some classy old-world glamour back into the West End, to the tongue-in-cheek ribaldry, provocations and downright sexiness that can be found at venues such as the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Cabaret is Clive Rowe and it is Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl; it’s David Hoyle and Rubies in the Attic.”
More reasons to start exploring venues far removed from the West End.