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The Black Cat Cabaret: Nocturne - London Wonderground

The Black Cat Cabaret: Nocturne

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING their sell out run of 2014, The Black Cat Cabaret’s latest production, Nocturne, runs at the Southbank Centre’s London Wonderground from May 15 to September 11, 2015.

It stars the sensational soprano Lili La Scala as an unsleeping queen of the night who guides the audience on a supernatural voyage through a shadowy dream landscape. Along the way there are encounters with showgirl sirens, otherworldly acrobats, shady troubadour tricksters and many other glorious late night eccentrics.

Drawing inspiration from Freudian dream archetypes, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and a fin de siècle mood of giddy abandonment, the story of Nocturne is infused with an original score interspersed with rediscovered musical gems spanning multiple eras and genres.

The show features exclusive cabaret, circus and dance acts from a company of internationally acclaimed performers – including aerial daredevil and star of La Soirée Bret Pfister; breathtaking hand-to-hand acrobatic duo Nathan and Isis; fire performer, contortionist and aerialist Katrina Lilwall; comic, actress and singer Abi Collins; and the stunning dance trio Cabaret Rouge.

The musical director is Michael Roulston and the director is Secret Cinema and Donmar Warehouse director and National Theatre magical consultant Simon Evans.

With a pedigree unrivalled on the international scene, The Black Cat Cabaret draws together exceptional performers from the worlds of cabaret, burlesque, circus and variety – to create high-end theatrical experiences as diverse as they are decadent. The company won the prestigious “Best Production” prize at London Cabaret Awards 2014 and was shortlisted as “Best Ongoing Production” for 2015.

Inspired by dark and daring Parisian cabaret culture, yet ground-breaking in format, BCC events combine the sophisticated and the unexpected, the classic and the contemporary.

Tickets: £19 – £25.50. To book, visit

Dates: May 15 and 29; June 19 and 26; July 3, 17, 24 and 31; August 7 and 14; and September 11.

Time: 9.30pm.

London Wonderground, Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX