Sydney Cabaret Festival

A camp July: Sydney Cabaret Festival is back

If simply uttering the name “Liza” makes your knees weak and the thought of sitting alone in your room brings you utter, feather-curling dismay, then worry not; the Sydney Cabaret Festival is back in July 2019.

This year, the festival will be celebrating both international and Australian cabaret stars, tickets for whom to see, you can grab from 18 March.

Complete with legendary Tony Award-winning Jennifer Holliday, appearing for the first time on Australian soil, alongside local legends like Phil Scott and Jonathan Biggins, to New York downtown darling Natalie Joy Johnson, it’ll be a festival of note.

Jennifer Holiday

And not-even-withstanding the venues on offer around town this year, such as Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall and the Festival Hub at the Seymour Centre. The Seymour Centre is the home to the majority of the program with five fabulous spaces to enjoy the incredible lineup. All the theatres have been renamed after legendary Sydney cabaret venues, turning the entire venue into a Cabaret Wonderland. It’s all holds barred this Sydney Cabaret Festival.

Straight from the UK, one of their most famous duos, Frisky and Mannish will return after a ten year hiatus, as does the thrilling diva Alison Jiear, described as having a “bring down the house voice” by the New York Times.

Sydney favourite Tim Draxl will appear in a world premiere of his new show, along with Kim David Smith, Reuben Kaye and Brian Nash, plus circus and variety show Cheeky Cabaret, direct from their home in Brunswick Heads. Australian pop culture fan Tim Benzie returns to Sydney with the hilarious Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote. The Festival also includes a cabaret for children, Petit Cabaret, and masterclasses with Jennifer Holliday and Alison Jiear, as well as the Grand Final of the restored Sydney Cabaret Competition.

Go to the cabaret.

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