The Brickhouse heats up with new variety show

PUBLISHED: 17:37 01 June 2011 | UPDATED: 11:16 02 June 2011

Freddie Mercury impersonator. Photo by Tigz Rice Studios.

Freddie Mercury impersonator. Photo by Tigz Rice Studios.


With all the extroverts, arty sorts and eccentrics working the scene around Brick Lane, you’d imagine any variety show organiser based there would have rich pickings putting together a line-up.

Playing on the ever-popular themes of burlesque, acrobatics and a dash of puppetry thrown in for good measure, the Brickhouse has come up with a spring show that is sure to put a smile on your face.

Their latest run, Lady Beau Peep and the League of the Extraordinary, is all about the giggles, bringing together short, sharp performances from various colourful and intriguing sorts.

The evening started off with burlesque but also offered singsong moments with some amusing audience interaction woven in.

It was all bridged together by Lady Beau Peep herself who has the right wit and cabaret cheekiness to hold the evening.

While the majority of the acts are short and sweet, the final two will have you heating up in your chair, quite literally.

An uncanny Freddie Mercury impersonator turned out to be a whiz kid on a 20ft high swing, spinning and balancing as the top, middle and ground floor punters looked on with delight.

And for an apt finale, a foxy fire thrower squared off the evening with some rather impressive pyrotechnics.

Variety shows seem to go down well at the Brickhouse – perhaps because the three floor, intimate layout lends itself so well to the artform, or maybe just because it’s nice to sit back and be entertained by the capital’s quirkiest.

The dinner deal, with four course and entertainment for £35 to £40, is the way to do it as it guarantees you a ringside seat.

Although with a ticket price of £10 for just the show or free entry before 7.30pm, this is an evening for everyone.

The show runs until June 18.


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