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Sideshow – The Weirdest Show on Earth review at Leicester Square Theatre Basement London

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After some refurbishment at this tiny venue in the bowels of Leicester Square, Sideshow present their self-proclaimed Weirdest Show On Earth and indeed, the selection of acts range from the sublime to the downright peculiar.

Hosted by Des O’Connor, not the crooner and daytime television host but a ukulele-weilding singer songwriter with a penchant for the macabre, Sideshow present their particular brand of alternative cabaret every Friday evening. The line-up is certainly an eclectic affair and will vary as the run continues. Performance artist Mat Fraser, gives both his freak-show satire and the renowned striptease including the removal of two prosthetic arms. Heavily pierced and tattooed Dave Tusk mixes escapology with toe-curling pain control. The Vivid Angel hammers various objects into her petite body and Stuart Pemberton, somewhat tame by comparison, has a tap-dancing juggling act.

The audience might be fuelled by an evenings drinking in the West End but the technical problems apparent on the opening night were unforgivable and they showed their disapproval. Fortunately O’Connor is an extremely charismatic host and smoothed things over with a well timed, well penned number. Either way due to these problems Tusks second appearance was flawed and The Vivid Angel’s finale was cut altogether. Not an auspicious opening for a cutting-edge cabaret.

Production Information

Leicester Square Theatre Basement, London, October 1-December 18

Martin Witts and Lesley Ackland
Cast includes
Des O’Connor, Mat Fraser, Vivid Angel, Dave Tusk and Stewart Pemberton
Running time
1hr 25mins

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