La Clique Royale - The Queen’s Selection
A night out with the bawdy and the beautiful
This article is from 2012.
Meet the cast of freaks and uniques who gather nightly inside the wooden walls of the Spiegeltent, bathed in red lamplight, for a cabaret show with a couple of dark twists. There’s Agent Lynch – doing a sort of ‘Heidi does Carry On’ turn involving tiny cowbells, the tune of ‘Edelweiss’ and a pint of milk. And a fairly unexpected punch-line to her ditsy routine. Then there’s Mark Windmill (pictured), a bulked-up Marc Jacobs lookalike with his birds of paradise boylesque feather striptease. Mikelangelo, the self-dubbed ‘Balkan Elvis’, adds jaded weariness to his rude crooning, and Didj Wentworth writhes about gracefully on aerial straps, bare-torsoed and showered with rain (a toned-down version of the bath routine he used to perform as part of Soap! The Show).
TV magician Paul Zenon acts as a sort of comedy ringleader, compering the acts and adding tricks with everyday props including a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale and a bowling ball. A Queen Elizabeth doppelganger tops and tails the show, putting the blue into blue rinse with her bawdy gags.
The Famous Spiegeltent, 0844 693 3008, until 26 Aug, 9.30pm, £20 (£17).