Until Sun Jan 29 2012
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Time Out says
Posted: Mon Dec 5 2011
Camden's Roundhouse has yet again been transformed into a big top for the return of the high camp juggernaut that is 'La Soirée'. We have seen this show many times, including in its former guise as 'La Clique' both here and at the Hippodrome (now being refurbished as a casino). It hasn't lost any of its punch.
The Roundhouse is a larger venue than 2010's South Bank Magic Mirrors tent, but intimacy has been preserved by the small circular stage set above the stall seats, while those sitting in the cheaper ranks further back get to witness the shocked faces of those sitting further in.
The whole audience is treated to a breathtaking melée of burlesque, vaudeville and circus sideshow. Some performers astound with feats of physical nerve and endurance; others charm with character sketches and slapstick. The seamless production allows no time for you to pick your jaw up from the floor before the next act takes to the stage.
Le Gateau Chocolat, the cross-dressing tenor, holds the audience in rapture with his operatic take on modern pop and rock music and with his flirtatious performance – men in the front row beware!
Hamish McCann's sexy, gravity defying twist on the pole dance gets the women whooping and has to be seen to be believed. Cabaret veterans the Skating Willers reach dizzying speeds on the smallest of rinks and Queen fan, Mario, who juggles and unicycles to the band's hits, leads a finale Freddie Mercury would be proud of.
La Soirée is endearing and exhilarating, but it is also pure adrenalin-fuelled entertainment at its best. The perfect Christmas cracker.
Average User Rating
2.2 / 5
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I liked the show. It was funny, music was great and entertainment was good enough for Sat night. Don't know what people are moaning about-did you really expect to clap your hands at some magician taking rabbits out of his hat? This is not that kind of a show. At least I wasn't lazy to check the information before buying the tickets, so I knew exactly what to expect. There wasn't any disappointment. Loved it.
altogether amateur and utterly embarassing. where DOES this audience come from to clap and cheer at such vulgarity, not to mention the mimed singing performed at a rate of decibels to cause permanent deafness. cruise booze entertainment at its lowest - this is NOT anything like cirque de soleil - do not make our mistake. WALKED OUT. Terrible.
Lame show, black humor, nice acrobatics, but that's it. Nothing special, I'd better go and watch Cirque du Soleil third time.
Don't go expecting to see the acts that garnered the five star reviews as they've all been shipped off to Sydney to impress the critics over there. What's left is extremely disappointing. Le Gateau's replacement in particular - his excessive screeching is embarrassingly unfunny. A few delightful highlights, but generally a big let down.
We went to a show and was slightly disappointed. The show reminded me of a school drama performance. Except for an "English man"(the name of the character) on a pole, everyone else was slightly unprofessional. The hoola-hoop lady dropped her hoola-hoop and it went sraight into the audience, mime version of Natalie Imbruglia's 'Torn' that's such an old stuff and blunt jokes... Anyway, I wouldn't recommend it to my friends.