Cabaret makes a comeback at Crazy Coqs

Art Deco opulence and a packed roster of classy cabaret acts is the order of the day at London’s popular new jazz venue

New jazz venue, Crazy Coqs in Piccadilly, London, celebrates all things cabaret in 2014, with upcoming shows including Aaron Weinstein, Marlene VerPlanck (pictured) and Claire Martin.

The club on Sherwood Street is an intimate setting with seating for around 80 people and authentic Art Deco décor. As well as cabaret, its live entertainment programme includes varied acts such as John Etheridge, ex-Vegas showgirl Miss Hope Springs who performs every Sunday night, and open mic nights every Thursday.

West End singer Patti Boulaye leads a series of autobiographical shows from 4 to 8 March, telling the story of her life through song. From 11 to 15 March jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein will perform songs from the American Songbook as well as showcasing his unique sense of humour that Jazz Journal’s Dave Gelly has called “so dry that they should put out drought notices wherever he appears”.

New Jersey singer Marlene VerPlanck has a week’s residency at the club from 18 to 22 March, performing songs from her latest album, Ballads…Mostly, as part of her annual tour of the UK. Other acts booked to appear include cabaret performer Anne Reid (25 to 29 March), guitarist John Etheridge (1 to 3 April), singer Christine Bovill with her acclaimed tribute to Edith Piaf (4 to 5 April), Domenick Allen and Leigh Zimmerman (8 to 12 April), Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe (15 to 19 April), Amanda McBroom and George Hall (22 to 26 April), and Cantabile (29 to 31 April)

Occupying a building that was once the lavish Regent Palace Hotel which opened in 1915, Crazy Coqs is part of Parisian-style Brasserie Zédel which also houses Bar Américain and ZL Café. The Hotel, which fell into disrepair after the Second World War, was renovated in 2004 with special attention paid to faithfully recreating much of the 1930s décor. Of Brasserie Zédel’s interiors, Architecture Today Magazine has said they are “probably the best and most authentic series of 1930s interiors in this country”.

Tickets for all shows can be booked online at

Sally Evans-Darby

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