Its cool blue neon lights, front-of-house café and occasional late-night shows may blend it into the Soho landscape, but since taking up residence on Dean Street in 2000 Soho Theatre has made quite a name for itself.
If every there were a place in London to get a year-round taste of the Edinburgh Fringe it's here: because comedians and cabaret are an integral part of its bill, because so much theatre work from the Fringe transfers down here, and because with its multiple rooms, late shows and ever-buzzing bar, it does feel like an Edinburgh Fringe venue – and a good one too.
It has to be said that Soho excels in almost every area apart from the production of good in house work, something it's consistently struggled with (though it has many fine co-productions). But this barely impacts on anybody's good time, and it's hard to hold it against the most fun theatre in central London.
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This likeable, imaginative and meandering one-man show sees Irish writer-actor and serial one-man-show merchant Pat Kinevane (‘Forgotten’, ‘Silent’) lead us through the life and death of a Cork woman who struggles not to be defined by a facial disfigurement...Until Saturday December 17 2016Read more
Bits Of Me Are Falling Apart
How much you get out of this short adaptation of William Leith’s 2008 memoir will ultimately depend on how closely you identify with its sole protagonist. To be more specific, it depends how closely you identify with Adrian Edmondson in a duffle coat,...Comedy Until Saturday December 3 2016Read more
Kieran Hodgson: Maestro
Back in 2015, we were much taken with Kieran Hodgson's 'Lance', a beautifully written, knowing hour focusing on his teenage hero Lance Armstrong who helps the cycle-mad Yorkshire boy through tough times. It deservedly bagged him an Edinburgh Comedy Award...Stand-up Until Saturday December 3 2016Read more
Tom Allen: Indeed
Waspish, biting, and deliciously camp: Tom Allen is a wickedly funny treat. As anyone who’s seen him on the London scene in recent years will agree. 2015/16 has seen his star really begin to rise: the immaculately-groomed posh-voiced lad from Bromley...Stand-up Until Saturday December 3 2016Read more
Lolly Adefope: Lolly 2
We spoke to Lolly Adefope ahead of her run at Soho Theatre with second full-length show, 'Lolly 2'. The first thing to say about character whizz Lolly Adefope is her comedy is silly. Gloriously, sublimely silly. The second is she’s black. Taken together,...Character Until Saturday December 3 2016Read more
Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales: Unwrapped
They’re back! But this time the world’s premier Jewish, Narcoleptic drag queen – and winner of season 5 of Ru Paul’s drag race (who uses the pronoun they) – isn’t playing Kitty Witless as they did in the Vaudevillians, they’re Jinkx. Piano-playing sidekick...Musicals Until Saturday December 10 2016Read more
Jayde Adams: 31
Jayde Adams' surreal look at her 31 years on earth features a stage decked with sequinned leotards. It's the site of a costumed cabaret tour through her awkward childhood and extroverted adulthood, that airs uncomfortable anecdotes and spectacular talents...Stand-up Monday December 5 2016 - Saturday January 7 2017Read more
Sophie Hagen: Shimmer Shatter
The 2015 winner of the coveted Best Newcomer prize at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards confronts her inner and outer demons in a hilarious and deeply personal show.Stand-up Monday December 5 2016 - Saturday December 17 2016Read more
This review is from 'Fleabag's original run at the Edinburgh Fringe, August 2013 Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show ‘Fleabag’ is unbelievably rude, astoundlingly filthy and she’s almost certainly going to go to hell for it. It is also extremely funny...Drama Monday December 5 2016 - Friday December 16 2016Read more
Le Gateau Chocolat: Icons
Alt cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat performs this exploration of our relationships with icons, from Whitney to Elvis to Wagner. He'll lend his velvety voice to renditions of hits from the greats, as well as looking at how his own experiences as a drag...Monday December 12 2016 - Saturday January 7 2017Read more
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Just a minute or two off Shaftesbury Avenue , yet the theatregoing experience is so different here. I love this place. The bar is worth a visit all on its own. The performances and spaces are varied. I have seen everything from the bonkers Rubber Bandits downstairs to some pretty cool theatre and comedy in spaces upstairs. I wish London had more places like this right in the heart of town.
Right in the heart of Soho with nice eating and drinking establishments nearby, there is always a good show on here without the prices of larger venues - I love it.