*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Scott Capurro will no longer be appearing in the show as previously billed*
The Establishment Club is delighted to welcome Steve Furst (Lenny Beige, Little Britain, Made In Dagenham) as our host for an evening of comedy / satire / cabaret and buckets of provocative humour.
Special guest line-up includes:
- David Mills: This caustic, controversial, politically incorrect and award winning US stand-up and cabaret star has the wit of a razor blade. Not surprisingly Mills appeared in Meryl Streep's Florence Foster Jenkins.
"A superior act. Mills is the archduke of comedy with the emphasis on 'arch'." - Chortle
"His claws are as sharp as his suit" - The List
- Dickie Beau: Time Out Award winner and London Cabaret Award winner. A pioneering drag artist whose work spans theatre, cabaret and mime. His Judy Garland is acclaimed by all.
- Yuriko Kotani: the only Japanese female stand-up comic in London.
- Frank Sanazi: the Supreme Fuhrer of Swing (Warsaw, Munich, Prague, Paris… he's played them all!)
"Comedy gold" - The London Evening Standard
"It's a guilty pleasure, but a pleasure uber alles" - Chortle
PLUS, we have a cameo appearance by the world renowned comedian and pianist Rainer Hersch.
Founded by Peter Cook in 1961, "The Establishment" was the Soho club from which the satire boom was launched. Featuring uncensored, live, stand-up comedy, it gave a platform to radical, political, and anarchic performers (everyone from Lenny Bruce to Barry Humphries and even Frankie Howerd), and was the inspiration for "That Was the Week That Was" (first broadcast in 1962), and Beyond The Fringe which ran for 18 months on Broadway. Fifty years on, comedy performers no longer have to fear censorship from the Lord Chamberlain, yet judging from the bland state of comedy on television today, although he may be gone, his malign spirit lives on. So what better time to relaunch the club that first challenged the tedium of the status quo?
The relaunch of The Establishment stems from a conversation between Lin Cook (Peter's widow) and satirist Victor Lewis-Smith, during which Lin revealed that, during the last year of his life, Peter had been planning to re-open the club. "Peter wanted to revive the club, so if it was reopened in Soho that will be realising Peter's dream before his death…It would have been Peter's 75th birthday this year, how amazing is that?" - Lin Cook. With Lin's blessing for the project, Victor has teamed up with Keith Allen and Mike O'Brien (Laughing Stock Productions), to fulfil Peter's wish, initially through a monthly series of "pop up" nights at Ronnie Scott's. The team plan to open a venue in 2017/18.
*Dinner & Show packages available: Includes a ticket, A glass of Crémant, a three course menu formule* meal, a glass of wine, coffee and water in Brasserie Zédel pre or post show. Your dinner reservation must be made separately by calling 020 7734 4888 and quoting 'Live At Zédel offer'.