Café Society Swing returns this summer

After a sellout show in 2012 and a short spell last December, Café Society Swing returns to Leicester Square with a new cast this June

Café Society Swing, the true story of the eponymous NY jazz club between 1938 to 1949, returns for another run at Leicester Square Theatre this year from 17 to 21 June.

The musical revue tells the story of the club from its beginnings in 1938 to playing host to musicians from Billie Holiday to Count Basie, ending in its eventual closure amid the Un-American Activities Committee’s scaremongering in the late 40s.

Conceived by Alex Webb with the help of Terry Trilling-Josephson, widow of the club’s owner Barney Josephson, the show was originally commissioned by the London Jazz Festival in 2011. It was a sellout success at London’s Tricycle Theatre in 2012 before playing two nights at Leicester Square Theatre last December, and will move on to New York’s 59E59 Theatre this winter.

Café Society Swing returns with a new cast including vocalists Vimala Rowe (pictured) and Ciyo Brown as well as Cherise Adams-Burnett who starred last year. The story is told through the music of the time, including songs made famous by Lena Horne, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Joe Turner and many more.

Called “fabulous” by the Financial Times and “a genuine treat” by The Times, the show will run at 7pm on 17, 18 and 20 June, and 3pm and 7pm on 21 June. Tickets are £20.

Visit for more details and to book tickets or call the box office on 08448 733433.

Sally Evans-Darby

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