London’s burgeoning cabaret scene is set to be boosted by the opening of a new 125-seat space that will also host rehearsed play readings and other live events.
The space, called the Oak Room, is part of private members’ venue the Hospital Club in Covent Garden, and will open next month. It follows the launch of spaces including the Crazy Coqs, part of Brasserie Zedel, and the Matcham Room in the London Hippodrome.
When it has opened, the Oak Room will be used to launch the London Festival of Cabaret. As part of that festival, the new space will also play host to singer Barb Jungr on November 1 for an event called the New American Songbook, during which Jungr will talk about curating and interpreting popular US songs. This will be open to the public, but most of the Oak Room’s events will be for the club’s members only.
Anna Chapman-Andrews, the Hospital Club’s head of marketing, explained that the venue’s strength will “lie in its diversity”.
She said there would be a mix of DJs, jazz nights, comedy and cabaret in the space, which is set to have a stage and lighting rig.
“We are also talking to our partners about using it as a rehearsal space and as somewhere for rehearsed readings. We are trying to be really imaginative about what the space can be used for, and we will consider everything at the moment,” she said.
She added: “It is going to be an experiment to see what people enjoy and want more of.”
The full line-up for the space’s opening will be announced soon.