Varla Jean Merman And Well Strung
Leicester Square Theatre
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London, London, WC2H 7BX
Approx. capacity: 470
The Leicester Square Theatre is a 420-seat studio theatre in Leicester Square, in the City of Westminster, London. The theatre also has a 60-seat basement space. The venue hosts stand-up comedy, cabaret, musical acts, small musical theatre productions, plays and comedies. It was formerly a popular venue for live music. The theatre is open-plan with grandstand-style seating, flexible staging and is situated beneath the Notre Dame French Catholic Church. The theatre was reopened by Lesley Ackland and Martin Witts in August 2008 with a 12 week run of motor mouth US comedienne Joan Rivers... soon establishing itself as one of London's foremost comedy venues playing host to the major comedy talent of the today including Bill Bailey, Michael McIntrye, Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Mark Little, Julian Clary, Russell Howard, Richard Herring and annual seasons with Doug Stanhope and Stewart Lee. The theatre has anillustrious history as a live music venue. As the 'Cavern in the Town' in the Sixties, Beat group The Small Faces had a regular residency. In the 1970s, as the Notre Dame Hall, The Rolling Stones played there along with The Who. But punk ruled supreme and the venue hosted some riotous early landmark gigs by The Sex Pistols. The Clash previewed their "London Calling" material there in 1979 before recording the seminal album the following month. Therefore it wasn't long before music started playing a vital role in the theatres programming. Macy Gray, Boy George, Tommy Emmanuel, John Mayall, Michael Feinstien, Dame Cleo Laine, Hazel O'Connor, David McAlmont, Ruby Turner and Tony Christie are just a handful of names that have played the theatre in the last few years.
The Leicester Square Theatre is a two minute walk from Leicester Square tube station.
The Leicester Square Theatre is a ten minute walk from Charing Cross mainline station.
The venue is in central London so it is advised to use public transport where possible.
Dial-A-Cab 020 7253 5000 Radio Taxis 020 7272 0272 Computer Cab 020 7286 0286
Numbers 24, 29 and 176.
Nearest Parking is in China Town - http://www.q-park.co.uk/parking/london/q-park-chinatown There is no parking in Leicester Square.
Number of Steps
To gain access to the main auditorium it is necessary to come down 14 steps into the main foyer. It is then a further 6 steps down to the auditorium itself, which is all on one level.
Currently Leicester Square Theatre has no wheelchair access.
Guide Dogs and Hearing dogs are permitted in the auditorium (please inform the venue before), they can stay with you during the performance or a member of staff will be happy to care for your dog.
General Access Info
Should you have any access requirements or disability that requires any assistance in access then please contact the box office directly to arrange your booking. The number is 0207 5341740.
Doors Open: 8:45PM
More Information about Varla Jean Merman And Well Strung Tickets
Mark Cortale Presents:
Varla Jean Merman & Well-Strung, The Singing String Quartet.
(A Double Bill)
International Drag Sensation Varla Jean Merman aka Jeffery Roberson returns to London for the first time in 10 years joining newcomers Well-Strung, The Singing String Quartet to double your pleasure for a two-act evening of sublime entertainment.
Varla Jean is best known for her role in the cult film Girls Will Be Girls, starring on Broadway as Mary Sunshine in the musical Chicago and for appearing on TV's Project Runway.
Act One of the evening is Well-Strung recently described as "The hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games" by the NY Daily News is a mash-up of string quartet and boy band putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Pink, Rihanna and more. The group stars Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Christopher Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola). The show fresh from two successful Off-Broadway runs this season, features material written by Donna Drake (original cast member of A Chorus Line), Mark Cortale and Jeffery Roberson. Musical arrangements by David Levinson; additional arrangements by Daniel Shevlin.
Act Two of the evening is Varla Jean's The Book of Merman featuring hilarious new songs, videos and monologues. Varla Jean recently starred in the new Off-Broadway musical Lucky Guy opposite Leslie Jordan prompting The New York Times to rave, "If Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman had stood in front of the right pair of funhouse mirrors, they might have resembled Ms. Merman and Mr. Jordan in stature as well as comedic talent". As Varla Jean, Jeffery Roberson has filled cabarets and concert halls across the world including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Theater, and London's Soho Theatre.
Both Well-Strung and Varla Jean's The Book of Merman are directed by Donna Drake.
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