The English Gents
London's favourite cabaret circus returns, this time pitching up in Leicester Square
Everyone's favourite naughty cabaret circus is back at a new location in the centre of Leicester Square. It's a mainstream setting for the leftfield spiegeltent, but 'La Soirée' has been going for almost ten years now, to much acclaim. I wince every time the British Gents dead lift one another for fear that something might snap, but once they get down to their famous Union Jack undies it's clear they've still got it after all these years; no half-mast here.
The next two hours is a whirlwind of gross-out gags involving hankies, bananas and balls. It's not all puerile: watching Denis Lock blow bubbles is still remarkably clever, captivating and surprisingly moving (just don’t borrow that aforementioned hanky to dry your eyes). And 'La Soiree\ can do politics, too. Faux-Spaniard Ursula Martinez and her plucky guitar routine may just be the antidote to post-Brexit gloom.
The old favourites are still the ones who bring the house down (if you haven't seen Captain Frodo put his whole bendy body through a tennis racket before, frankly, you haven't lived), but new and botoxed couple Daredevil Chickens are the best thing to come out of Vegas since Britney 2.0 with their very physical style of eye-watering vaudeville. And there's a talented sexy hula hooper on the block, Satya Bella, who's gonna make you wish you'd practiced harder in the playground.
While it’s still a riot of a night out, this ballsy bigtop has also become the setting for a fair few corporate outings. Let's hope your boss can handle a dick or two.
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What a night ! A laughed , gasped , shuddered and was amazed in equal measure at La Soirée last night . The spiegeltent on the South Bank is an extraordinary and immersive venue - but not as extraordinary as La Soirée - hard to describe - it's hilarious and breath taking ! All the acts are superb but special me ruin to Mario Queen of the Circus - juggler and sexual adventurer ! And Denis Lock and Hamish McCann - extraordinary acrobats . A mention to Asher Treleavan would had me rolling in the aisles . I cannot recommend enough - go !!! If you fancy an office Xmas do you will be talking about for years or just a great night out - go to La Soiree ! I will definitejy be going back !!!
This was such an unexpectedly wonderful show, I went expecting a smaller scale typical cabaret, but actually it was amazing! From the venue, to
the production and especially the acts. They got a great mix of your usual cabaret acts, with that extra umph as well as a few unexpected and a bit different acts. I was engaged from start to finish, it kept me guessing what was coming next, and I was never not entertained by an act. Some of my favourites include bubbles, tennis racquets, a sexy book and a lamp post. The energy was great from the performers and the audience, especially for a Tuesday night, think it would be even better at a weekend.
They encourage you to get up and go to the bar freely, only downside is the rows of chairs are very narrow so it's not so easy to get up and down with out upsetting your neighbours!!
Great show! :-)
Many of the reviews on here are from the 2011/12 run so Time Out needs to have a clearout!
Went Sunday 30th November and we had a great night, Saulo & Anna on the aerial pole are perfect, Asher Treleaven did a great diabolo routine and Hamish McCann was great on the pole. Also David & Fofo on the trapeze and playing with Ping Pong balls were amazing, lots of skill.
Scotty the blue bunny was.... special and Puddles Pity Party can really sing. Also Jonathan Burns is dangerous on the toilet!
Can't recommend this show enough, we saw it as La Clique back at the Hippodrome 5 yrs ago and only 2 of the acts we saw before were on tonight, so seeing new acts was perfect, some of whom haven't performed in the UK before joining this run of La Soiree.
Great value, great fun.
I don't know what everyone below was expecting, but given that the reviews are mostly from two years ago, I feel we should have an update for 2014. We thoroughly enjoyed the show, laughed along (quite a lot!) and were very impressed by all the acrobatics. Some people may compare it to Cirque du Soleil, but I feel that is a little unfair, given the price and ambition! For what we paid (not much) it was great and I'd highly recommend it.
I went with my friends and we all had a great time. I've read about it before, so I knew what's it going to be about. Funny, witty show with (too) amazing acrobatics, good looking fellas and some nudity (I've expected more, tbh, but hey - take it as a starter :-) I can't recommend enough. Reading some reviews here, I'm asking myself if we've seen the same show.
Officially the best show I have ever seen. It was funny, unusual and captivating. I didn't want it to end, ready to book tickets again. Speaking with my partner this morning we could not pick a favourite act as they were all so good. I didn't want to leave my chair to get a drink until the interval as I didn't want to miss anything. It's a must see for anyone in London especially as it's in the perfect spot - middle of Leicester Square.
Superb. Really enjoyed La Soiree tonight.Edinburgh meets Vegas meets London in bonkers mix of fun , talent and pumping sounds.
I would describe this as PORN OF WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO WITH THEIR BODY. Some parts were kinda amusing for me, others were totally hideous. I think I'm the only one in the crowd that didn't laugh at the 'funny' parts. At least I can really appreciate the effort... The production, acrobats and actors are all great. Well.. If you like those kind of shows, you're gonna love this. Otherwise, don't go.
For the fun & young at heart, who enjoy adult entertaiment the "La Soirèe" experience is for you! The Timeout review spot on for this years show, 55th birthday celebrations for me and mine in their 20s laughed till we cried, Bravo and Encore La Soiree.
I had an absolute ball - LOVED IT. I gasped, awed, oooooh'd and laughed throughout the whole show. Fast paced and full of talented people. I absolutely loved the bubbles and would go back for that alone - and those strong men - wow - they can lift and balance in ways I didn't think possible. I would definitely recommend to anyone!
La Soiree was so much more than I imagined it would be. I was expecting the standard circus type hoop and gymnastic acts. The acts were the perfect balance of undoubtable talent, strength, comedy, wonder... I really could go on. It was so much fun, I could not recommend this show more!
If you haven't been to La Soiree - Where have you been? It's as perennial as Gran drinking sherry at Xmas.
It's a must see.
Words can't do it justice - Go see it for yourself.
It's definitely NOT a circus. It's a mix between between circus and cabaret for adult. Amazing atmosphere, excellent show. You are very close to the stage so you feel part of the show. be careful if you choice the first row ....
I never thought I'd like that kind of show (I prefer classic drama). But it's just great. I was impressed and just very happy on this evening.
What a brilliant show! I haven't laughed so much in a long time! I have seen a number of similar shows and there tend to be a few good acts and some fillers in between. This show was great from start to end. A real pick me up!
What a great evening's entertainment in a tent! We did not know what to expect but were thoroughly entertained by some incredible acrobatics, extremely funny performers and very bendy dude.
The venue is a beautiful setting with all the amenities required for a great night out. I highly recommend this show.
We had great fun last evening at this show. Most of the performers were quite amazing. We were either laughing out loud or holding our breath in anticipation for most of the show.
The only person I felt sorry for was the poor audience guy who got called out as a supporting feature in Mooky's act, though he was a really good sport about it.
The English Gents were hands down the most amazing part of the show for us. The bubble blowing and the final pole dance were the sparkles on the cherries on the icing on the cake.
Mario, Mooky, Frodo & Asher were hilarious. I'll never be able to read another "romantic" scene in any novel again without remembering Asher's book reading act. And my sister, inspired by Frodo, wants to carry confetti with her everywhere & sprinkle when needed.
Loved the show, might just watch it again with some other friends who could do with a good laugh.
I didn't realise you could laugh so hard, scream so loud and be so amazed that you'd give yourself a headache! Last night I went to La Soiree and experienced things I didn't think I would. I have never seen such daring acrobatics, such silly slapstick, gravity defying feats and slick, stylised acts. Not to mention audience participation and beautiful singing. There was even a crowd surf. When did Tuesday become the new Friday? Go to La Soiree, you won't be disappointed. Did I mention the bubbles, oh my the bubbles with that music and that commentary, beautiful, just beautiful. Go! See for yourself!
A really fun night out - lots of variety, some eye-opening acts, great atmosphere, wonderful space. Recommended.
Fantastic evening--great skills,humour and talent in diverse well paced acts--great 'feel good' factor--perfect venue--left smiling!
For sheer entertainment value this show was incredible. Very talented performers, great fun. With one act in particular (the contortionist) I laughed more than I have in years. Despite the photo, it is not a gigantic hen-night. Go!!!
UPDATE IN 2015: To all 1star reviewers below ...sorry but l must have been to completely different show! It was fantastic. It WILL make you laugh & will make you go "woah" more than once. I recommended it to all my friends now:)
Such a great night out. I was skeptical because l really don't like circus and would never pay to go to see one...but this is NOT a circus show. It's a very talented & funny group of people that will keep you entertained from 1st to the last minute. Great variety - moving swiftly from impressive acrobatics, bit of magic, bit of stand up comedy & cabaret.
PS. You would be pleased to know that its is an ADULT show (strong-ish language & sexual nature content). Just go & enjoy it!
La Soirée is an amazing show. I don't want to go into great detail about what goes on as I want to save the surprise for anyone lucky enough to go. They have everything from comedy, music, shows of strength from acts that will leave you amazed and in awe. The balance of the show feels just right, there is never a dull moment and for me was one of the best shows I have seen for a long time.
I any tips I would suggest if you're in the ringside get there about 45 minutes before the show starts to get the best seats and it's a cash bar for food and drink
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.
I have been lucky to have seen some really good entertainment in my life. This was not one of them.so disappointedit was so bad I feel really cheated that someone actually took my money.They must have laughed at the end of the evening knowing how many had paid good money for such rubbish.Terrible terrible terrible.
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.
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.