REVIEW: SHEILA SIMMONDS (Leicester Square Theatre)



sheila box smallSheila Simmonds, Australia’s number 1 home shopping TV presenter, all the way from Wooloomooloo, New South Wales, is back for another yuletide celebration at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge. The Australian icon of pink polyester two-piece suits started the night off in a new Abba-esq lycra ensemble with her trusty side-kick Jean at her side.

Throughout the comedy cabaret, the audience were treated to festive fun and games like Supermarket Sweep and an interactive version of the twelve days of christmas (with special Australian themed items). Sheila performed a new christmas version of her classic hit song ‘The Old Pound Shop In Croydon’ which went down a storm with the packed out audience. When Sheila Simmonds isn’t busy putting on shows, she can be seen on tour with drag-pop-group The Supreme Fabulettes, touring around the world.

Sadly, this show didn’t feature hunky roller-skating assistants or fancy choreography but was a more casual affair. Focusing more on digital technology, Sheila showed us hilarious videos and conducted Skype interviews. It was nice to see something different being done but hopefully next time she can integrate everything into the one show as it felt like some elements were missing this time around.

Sheila Simmonds is camp fun and injects a lot of festive cheer into an evening. If you’ve never seen her show before then you’re missing out. But be warned, once you’ve seen her once you’ll be going back again and again for more!

Reviewed by West End Wilma

Sheila Simmonds is playing at the Leicester Square Lounge until 30 December. Click here for tickets