Mat Ricardo's London Varieties - 28th Feb 2013 (and last Thursday of every month)
Mat Ricardo, award-winning juggler, authentic vaudeville performer extraordinaire is one of the most sought after comedy variety performers on the circuit. Such high demand is by and large thanks to unique modern take with which he approaches the grand scheme of things. You will soon all be able to experience this singular show first-hand with his show ‘Mat Ricardo’s London Varieties’ bringing the world’s greatest variety and circus stars to London’s Leicester Square theatre.
Boasting a career spanning over two and a half decades as a street and cabaret performer, Mat’s audiences have always come away dumbfounded from festivals and stages around the world. As an entertainer he has racked up performances in front of royalty whilst sharing the billings with some of the global greats from the world of comedy, avant garde theatre and circus. He is the proud holder of the London Cabaret ‘Best Speciality Act’ award and also took home the ‘Herald Angel Award’ at the Edinburgh festival for excellence in theatre.
Already lauded as ‘Best Light Entertainment Show of 2012’ by ‘The Stage’ Mat’s London Varieties provides a winning equation combining the hottest stars of the cabaret scene with heroes and inspirational characters from the world of comedy, variety and TV. This authentic format mixes a classic variety line-up with an interview slot, where Mat sits back with key figures from comedy or variety for an on-stage chat.
When asked about the underlying motivation behind this unique format Mat commented “Many of my heroes worked in variety and music hall shows, but by the time I was working, all these places had been dead for decades, so this is my attempt to bring the genre back to life a little and remind people how intoxicating and fun it can be”.
Mat will showcase a new trick each month as London Varieties will play host to an all star cast. Just because you can’t make it to Leicester Square doesn’t mean you’re going to miss out either. All the aforementioned celebrity guest interviews will be made available as iTunes podcasts whilst each and every show can be seen online, absolutely free of charge, via www.MatRicardo.com. With more acts still to be confirmed, the line-up is already staggering: Al Murray, Paul Daniels, Omid Djalili, The Boy with Tape On His Face, Kev Orkian, John Archer, Craig The Incredible Hula Boy, Abandoman, Jimmy Cricket, Lords of Strut, Rod Laver, Paul Zenon, Andre Vincent, Peter Wardell, Elliot Mason, Eastend Cabaret & Lisa Lottie.