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Cabaret in May (and where to stay)!

According to the internet, cabaret is: 

“entertainment held in a nightclub or restaurant while the audience eat or drink at tables.”

Can you think of anything much better? Us neither. So we are delighted to let you know about 4 cabaret events coming to Norwich this May. We’ve coupled this with four places to spend the night afterwards, if your cabaret takes you to bedtime, breakfast and beyond…

Mister Jack Presents the Raspberry Cannoli Cabaret

On the 5th of May, at the enormous and majestic OPEN in the city centre, Mister Jack is hosting the ‘The Raspberry Cannoli Cabaret’:  a New York, Italian-American style club. Live music, cabaret and burlesque performance come together for an evening of spectacle, dancing, cocktails and so much more. Expect entertainment from one of the Queen’s favourite musicians – Ray Gelato - and famous UK Burlesque troupe ‘The Folly Mixtures’, who hold residencies at Café de Paris and Priveé  of Knightsbridge.

What to wear? Think New York, Italian American, ‘wise guys 'n gals’, hats and diamonds!
Tickets: Earlybird £20.18 - £32.85 adv

Stay: The Norfolk Mead Hotel is a Georgian Country house set in 8 acres of grounds just outside Norwich. It’s the ultimate in relaxed glamour, and the perfect place to escape after a wild night of glitz in the city.

Le Gateau Chocolat – Icons

Part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, this powerful fusion of opera and lycra by the ‘earth shaking’ cabaret sensation ‘Le Gateau Chocolat’ has almost sold out for both Friday 18th and Saturday 19th of May (so act fast)! Walking the tightrope between public and private personas, ‘Icons’  explores the people, moments, relationships, and art that shape us. Indulge as Le Gateau Chocolat intimately explores the addictive and deeply moving music of his own personal icons, unashamedly weaving through pop, opera, rock; Kate Bush, Whitney, Meatloaf, Pavarotti... See this at the beautiful Speigeltent in Chapelfield Gardens.

Tickets are limited: £15

Stay: After you’ve indulged in Le Gateau Chocolat, stay just a short walk from the Adnams Speigeltent in one of the 11 equally indulgent rooms at The Assembly House.  The ultimate in luxury, 6 of these rooms even have secret gardens… (pictured below)

Amanda Palmer + Andrew O’Neill

One half of cult punk-cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, alt-rock icon Amanda Palmer  will be performing at OPEN on the 20th of May. You’ll hear everything from solo and Dresden Dolls’ favourites, to unreleased new material on both grand piano and ukulele. Palmer’s recent artistic output has diversely leapt from collaborations and film clips to new music, blogs and multi-media art making for diverse and honest performance. Bound to be an electrifying night, Palmer’s show is a taste of the unexpected. The evening will kick off with stand up from occult comedian Andrew O’Neill.

Stay: After the show, make a night of it by heading out to some of Norwich’s bars such as The Ten Bells,  The Playhouse Bar,  The Mash Tun  and The Rumsey Wells. Afterward, roll into the comfortable and easily convenient Holiday Inn Norwich City,  where the bar doesn’t shut until 2am and you can be guaranteed peaceful night’s sleep and a good breakfast, all just a stone’s throw away from the City (plus it’s RIGHT next to Carrow Road, Football fans…)

Forced Entertainment – Real Magic

Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. On the 26th of May, to the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, three performers take part in an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part nightmare game show – in which they are thrown back again and again to moments of hope and defeat. A compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change, all performed at Norwich’s award-winning and beloved Playhouse.

Stay: The colourful and beautiful Gothic House B&B is fully booked for the 26th of May, but still has a room available for the 25th. If you want a really special overnight stay, somewhere with character and Molton Brown toiletries, I suggest you get in touch with them today (P.S. there’s a cat in residence too)!


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Pictured right: Gothic House