This month Karen Trevelyan gathers the essential ingredients to entice you out on those cold, autumnal nights - Sinister murder, singing dykes and drag artists, comedy, crooning and lots of lurve.
This month is awash with 'cocks in frocks' , so go with the world's only gay music hall clown troupe, Bloodlips, as they are washed up on The Island of Lost Shoes, where drag really grows on trees. A hilarious show with hysterical tap dance routines and songs, low jokes, high heels and, of course, loads of fab frocks. Until 2nd December at The Drill Hall, Chenies Street, London WC1 Booking office: 0171 637 8270
The Cabinet of Doktor Caligari, by Barry Simner transfers from The Nottingham Playhouse and opens at The Lyric Hammersmith on 31st October. Inspired by Robert Wiene's 1919 macabre silent classic of German Expressionist Cinema, The Cabinet of Doktor Caligari charts the tale of madness and serial killings that follow the arrival of the showman Doktor Caligari, played by Matthew Kelly, and his mysterious sleepwalker. Don't miss this mesmerising fission of artistic horror. Until December 2nd at The Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, London W6 Box office: 0181 741 2311
Paul O'Grady who inhabits the body of Lily Savage appears, most appropriately, at The Queen's Theatre in Prisoner Cell Block H - The Musical! Strange but true, fear not cult followers, the lyrics are written by the original contributors to the late night 'Shelia series' and the show provides all the usual inmates of Wentworth Detention Centre including The Freak. Will Lily, the quintessential English Wallflower survive? Will she sing? Who knows but with music supplied by The Well Oiled Sisters it's worth finding out! Booking until January 13th 1996 at The Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, London W1 Booking office: 0171 494 5040
Still a chance to see occasional frock wearer and telly-phobic Eddie Izzard. This effervescent, intrinsically charming and quirky stand up comic continues his show at The Shaftesbury Theatre, London WC2 until 16th December. Box office: 0171 379 5399
For one night only, join Rowan Atkinson, Angus Deayton, Kevin Day, Richard O'Brien, Arthur Smith and many more as they celebrate and raise funds for the new London venue PLEASANCE, inspired by the top Edinburgh fringe venue with the same name. They need £100,000 to open, so a few bums on seats at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London WC2 on November 26th , should get them there. Box office: 0171 494 5060. Tickets £5 - £35.
The Roy Orbison Story, celebrating the late crooners life has transferred to The Whitehall Theatre, London SW1 and includes a Sunday matinee. Until !8th February 1996. Box office: 0171 369 1735
DMW Greer's acclaimed and powerful play, Burning Blue, on gay love and the US Navy's rampant homophobia has happily transferred to The Ambassadors, West St, London WC2. A passionate autobiographical piece with astute observations of male bonding in the macho world of American buddydom. Until January 6th 1996. Booking office: 0171 836 6111
And finally those who have missed The English Touring Theatre's superb production of Rupert street, Lonely Hearts Club, (co produced with The Contact Theatre Co.) on the way down south via Glasgow and Manchester , don't panic - you can still get to see it. Jonathan Harvey's moving, feel good and gloriously funny story is about two Liverpool brothers and is set at 15 Rupert Street... Dean is in love with Marti who is in love with Shaun who is in love with Juliet - who is in Barbados. Meanwhile George is still in love with Malcolm who has just left her, and Clarine just loves Zoe Wannamaker and Jesus. So here we have the Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club. At The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool / 0151 709 4776: Oct 31st-Nov 4th Donmar Warehouse, London / 0171 369 1732: Nov 7th-25th Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton / 01273 685861: Nov 28th-Dec 2nd
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