REVIEW: Hats, Heels and Horses (London Cabaret Club) ★★★★

There is something very British about a day out at the races. Champagne, strawberries, a little flutter and enormous hats! So what better theme for a summer cabaret in London? Fancy frivolity, dancing girls and thrilling experiences.

As usual, the London Cabaret Club does not disappoint, with fast-paced action from start to finish. Opening with Ascot Gavotte from My Fair Lady, the exquisite Edwardian costumes provide the glamour and grace of the races, while footage from historical races plays around the ballroom.

Naturally, the traditional costumes are soon discarded in favour of more traditional show outfits, with sequins, fishnets and – of course – hats and heels! Other costumes include 1920s flapper outfits, jockeys and even horses… The ensemble choreography is effective and works well, with some impressive flexibility from all dancers, while the pairs’ dances are mesmerising.

But it is not just dancing that wows visitors, but an eclectic mix of artistes performing extraordinary feats of athleticism and intrigue. From a woman whose flexibility enables her to squeeze into a small box, to two men who have incredible core strength and balance. And a dog. He’s cute for sure, but doesn’t really add much to the overall production.

Music is provided by the cast and the singing is exceptional. On occasion it is difficult to believe it is live, until the performer changes the key or tempo and appears on stage. The violinist is wonderful, especially as her instrument is so unique.

Hats, Heels and Horses is a fun and quirky night out for anyone looking for an evening of music, mystique and mayhem.

Reviewed by Michaela Clement-Hayes
Photo: domdommartin

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