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Jermyn hosts season of Gay Pride musical cabaret



Preview by Paul Nelson

THREE shows, described as a Gay Pride Season of Musical Cabaret, will be running in repertory for four weeks at the Jermyn Street Theatre, starting July 8.

Blowing Whistles, by Matthew Todd opens the season. It is a searing topical drama about love, sex and gay pride.

Nigel loved his hedonistic lifestyle - he has a boyfriend, but it is an open relationship and he goes clubbing and has lots of sex. Jamie, his partner of ten years isn't so sure things are all that great.

The night before Pride in the Park, the couple discover Cumboy 19 through Gaydar on the Internet. They plan for a night of casual sex but their young guest has a different agenda.

Matthew Todd has written a blistering account of a modern gay lifestyle. It is a dark comedy about relationships and gay men set in this year's Gay Pride.

Blowing Whistles is directed by Stephen Henry who recently directed Another Country and the controversial Corpus Christi. See schedule for performance times.

Love, Sex and Retro-Femininity has cabaret star, Holly Penfield, who is our outrageous guide for a whirlwind tour about being a woman, and much more.

Holly's musical adventure takes us from the frilly pinnies of the 1950s to 2003 and what a girl might do with 12 vibrators - use them as musical instruments of course!

Holly Penfield (pictured above), a native of San Francisco, was trained by the legendary vocal coach Judy Davis, who also coached Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jnr and Frank Sinatra. Holly has worked solidly on the London cabaret scene for six years.

In addition to appearances at Pizza on the Park, she appears regularly at the ultra hip Shadow Lounge in Soho, Sanctuary and Scott's of Mayfair.

Last year, she appeared as Betty Blue in the sell-out production of When Harry Met Barry, Upstairs at the Gatehouse.

Earl Grey is a highly talented impersonator and actor, whose rare talent to recreate female stars past and present was acclaimed in Frankly Scarlett at the King's Head.

He has appeared in the West End in Moby Dick, and The Boys in the Band, and in A Patriot For Me at the RSC.

He stars in Silver Heaven at Jermyn Street, a surreal and enchanting journey set in an age of celebrity obsession.

Jeffrey has always heard the voices, the stars of yesterday who live on in his head and intrude when he least expects it.

Be prepared to be transported back to the golden age of Hollywood as Jeffrey conjures up the likes of Judy Garland and Vivien Leigh, who take turns to cajole, argue and encourage him as he strives to find his way 'home'.

Silver Heaven and Love, Sex and Femininity are directed by Tim McArthur. Nick Williamson is the musical director.

To accompany the season there will be a late night cabaret starting on Friday, July 11 with Chris Hamilton. A new talent to the cabaret scene, Chris has appeared in places as diverse as Don't Tell Mama, New York, The Babylon Sauna in Bangkok and London's Edge.

His theatre credits include The Yeomen of the Guard (Royal Opera House), Ten Cents a Dance (Watermill) and recently as Noel Coward in Laughing When I Choose.

Tim McArthur's alter ego, Sister Mary McArthur, spends her day baking flans for the convent coffee shop and listening to 'The Best of Julie Andrews'.

Recently she has made guest appearances at the Purcell Room, Pizza on the Park, Riverhouse Barn and Mardi Gras 2002.

The Jermyn Street Theatre on Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, marks her first solo show where you can find out what life's really like for the nun who 'just wants to be a star'.

Nathan Martin is a singer pianist who has just released his debut album, Anywhere With You, following his debut at Pizza on the Park and a second season at Don't Tell Mama in New York.

A cabaret regular at Jermyn Street Theatre, Lauderdale House and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Ian Mowat has theatre credits ranging from March of the Falsettos to The Wizard of Oz.

London shows have included Lost Musicals (Barbican), South Pacific (Prince of Wales) and Sweeney Todd and Killing Rasputin (both at the Bridewell).

Full Season Schedule: Shows at 8pm, Matinees at 4pm, Cabaret at 11pm.

July 8 Blowing Whistles
July 9 Blowing Whistles
July 10 Sex, Love and Retro-Femininity
July 11 Sex, Love and Retro-Femininity
Cabaret Chris Hamilton
July 12 Blowing Whistles (matinee)
Blowing Whistles
July 13 Silver Heaven
July 15 Silver Heaven
July 16 Silver Heaven
July 17 Silver Heaven (matinee)
Sex, Love and Retro-Femininity
July 18 Blowing Whistles
Cabaret Sister Mary McArthur
July 19 Blowing Whistles (matinee)
Sex, Love and Retro-Femininity
Cabaret Sister Mary McArthur
July 20 Blowing Whistles (matinee)
July 22 Sex, Love and Retro-Femininity
July 23 Sex, Love and Retro-Femininity
July 24 Blowing Whistles (matinee)
Blowing Whistles
July 25 Silver Heaven
Cabaret Nathan Martin
July 26 Silver Heaven (matinee)
Sex, Love and Retro-Femininity
July 27 Blowing Whistles (matinee)
July 29 Blowing Whistles
July 30 Silver Heaven
July 31 Silver Heaven (matinee)
Sex, Love and Retro-Femininity
August 1 Sex, Love and Retro-Femininity
Cabaret Ian Mowat
August 2 Blowing Whistles (matinee)
Blowing Whistles

Hearts, Heaven and Hard Words, a Gay Pride season of Theatre and Musical Cabaret. Blowing Whistles by Matthew Todd directed by Stephen Henry; Sex, Love and Retro-Femininity starring Holly Penfield, Directed by Tim McArthur, Musical Director Nick Williamson; Silver Heaven starring Earl Grey, Directed by Tim McArthur, Musical Director Nick Williamson. Presented by Trilby Productions at The Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1. Tickets Tuesday, July 8 to Saturday, August 2 020 7287 2875

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