REVIEW – Vive le Cabaret


For the past five years, one show has been at the forefront of the rise of cabaret at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Now back for a limited run at The Stand in the Square, Vive le Cabaret returns to its roots with a more intimate but no less vital selection box of the best in variety entertainment.

Compered by the irrepressibly mischievous Desmond O’Connor, Vive le Cabaret hurtles through an hour of comedy, music, dance and burlesque, giving audiences a chance to sample the many delights of the Fringe’s cabaret section without having to dash between venues.

Tonight’s standout acts are a pair of inimitable boylesque stars and the sultry vocal magic of singer Helene Clark. Equally enjoyable is O’Connor himself, who punctuates proceedings with his ukulele, swinging from cheeky audience singalongs to outrageous numbers about necrophilia which he somehow just manages to get away with.

A glittering grab-bag of fun and laughter, the show speeds past in an hour of filler-free entertainment, proving that Vive le Cabaret is still the original – and still the best.

Vive le Cabaret is at The Stand in the Square until 10 Aug

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