Following a successful string of shows, Charlie Baker’s Cabaret Boulangerie returned to London’s The Other Palace theatre on the 23 May, 2017.
Boasting a roster that includes an array of comedians, magicians and musicians, the show offered something for everyone and was headlined by quick-fire pun comic Tim Vine.
Starting off proceedings was comedian Tom Allen, who was a last minute addition to the line-up replacing Angela Barns. Allen was a great replacement act, opening the show with a discussion on how his accent is often misrepresented and the challenges of passing his driving test. Allen’s charm and quick wit had audiences in fits of laughter, getting them warmed up for the 2 hour spectacular of a show.
Next up was British comedy magician John Archer, whose tricks and rib-tickling stories entertained the 120-capacity crowd.
A highlight of the evening was guitarist Deirdre Cartwright, who performed two songs – one with a jazz influence and a cover version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ – before returning to the stage with musical theatre performer Gabrielle Brooks (who’s appeared in West End shows The Book of Mormon and I Can’t Sing). After a couple of songs, Brooks revealed to the audience that there’s a new Tina Turner musical in the pipeline, which she auditioned for, before perfecting a cover version of ‘Proud Mary’.
The second half of the night saw award-winning comedian Nathan Caton take to the stage. Having seen the laidback and charming comedian perform a few year’s ago at a tiny Northern London theatre alongside Romesh Ranganathan, it was great to see him tackle a bigger event, discussing how his life has matured since moving out his parent’s house.
At the end of the night, Tim Vine performed his fast paced one-liners to the audience who were left in hysterics as the comedian packed a punch with his constant stream of quick-witted jokes. The extravaganza saw the comic do his reputable ‘pen behind the ear’ routine, which pretty much does what it is says in the title.
The night was a huge success with MC Charlie Baker guiding the audience through the cabaret line-up, delivering an unforgettable evening of entertainment.