New cabaret venue launches in west London

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A new cabaret venue will be launching on London’s King’s Road following the closure of Pizza on the Park.

The Pheasantry on the King’s Road in south west London will host Live At The Pheasantry, a cabaret season which will feature acts previously booked at Pizza on the Park. Organisers of the event hope that it will become a permanent fixture.

The move comes in response to the impending closure of Pizza on the Park on June 18, after almost 30 years as a jazz and cabaret venue. The owners of the building will turn the venue into a boutique hotel, after planning permission was approved in 2007.

The Pheasantry’s season will commence on June 13 with performances by Jessie Buckley, who is best known for her appearance on BBC1’s I’d Do Anything and who previously performed at Pizza on the Park.

Speaking to The Stage, she said: “I’m really excited. It’s such a pity that Pizza on the Park is closing but it’s really exciting to have this new venue. It’s an opportunity for artists to have a new stage.”

The new location will have a capacity of 75, compared to the 100-seat capacity of Pizza on the Park, but has a rich heritage, having previously hosted performers such as Lou Reed, Queen and Hawkwind.

Samuel Joseph, who is producing the season, said: “The Pheasantry was an integral part of the 1960’s Kings Road scene and has a colourful history as a music venue and I’m delighted to be developing its potential as a cabaret space.”

The new season will also include a new format for Sunday performances, which will aim to showcase and develop new acts.