Roll up, roll up for a thrilling mix of comedy, circus and cabaret that’s shocking, hilarious and touching

5 stars

Photos Prudence Upton

Theatre review La Soiree - hamish mccann, prudence upton

As part of this year’s Winter Festival on the South Bank, award-winning circus troupe La Soirée has returned to the UK for a sixth season, unleashing a gaggle of new and familiar faces from around the world.

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Set in the round, the audience is close to the action, as acts weave in and out of the crowd to take to the ringside podium. It makes for a very interactive evening, especially for those unfortunate ‘volunteers’ who end up singing, writhing and hula hooping, much to the delight of their fellow guests.

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On the night we visit, we’re greeted by self-confessed ‘sexual gentleman’ Asher Treleaven, who treats the ladies to a ‘sensual’ display of diabolo tossing, before reducing the audience to tears with a passage from a Mills & Boon novel. Contortionist Captain Frodo, who’s able to dislocate his joints, causes one audience member to faint, before Denis Lock moves the rowdy crowd to silence with his captivating bubble blowing routine.

It’s a thrilling mix of comedy, circus and cabaret that’s shocking, hilarious and touching. We can’t recommend it enough.

Until 17 January
Theatre Spiegeltent, Southbank Centre
Hospitality Champagne packages, which include the best seats in the house, table service, a brochure per guest, plus champagne, start at £97.50pp. The private bar can be booked for pre- and post-performance drinks.
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