Jonny Woo returns to Hackney Empire on November 3 & 4 with his Un-Royal Variety

Jonny Woo © ANGUS STEWART

London Palladium: A red carpet welcomes the elite as they take their seats for the Royal Variety Performance, the annual gala presenting top names in primetime entertainment to the royal family as well as those watching from their living rooms.

Meanwhile over in Hackney: Half-pissed and a round in hand, a different type of queen takes their seat amongst the nightlife royalty of London and beyond…

Following the sell-out success of 2016’s inaugural Un-Royal Variety in the historic setting of Hackney Empire, international drag star and performance artist Jonny Woo returns for two nights alongside a stellar line-up. Delivering his affectionate yet provocative alternative to the annual Royal Variety Performance, Woo once again presents his signature take on variety, with an acerbic, subversive and political punch.

Accompanied by a big, brassy rock band and a 30-strong dance troupe of gender-fluid club kids, Woo MCs, sings, harmonises, dances, conducts and tethers together an evening featuring US sensation CHRISTEENE, award-winning operatic comic Jayde Adams and fresh from the dizzy heights of Triple Threat, the inimitable Lucy McCormick who will present brand new work. Joining them are Bourgeois & Maurice, Diane Chorley AKA The Duchess Of Canvey plus an array of auspicious guests to be announced over the coming weeks.

Last year Brexit The Musical, penned in collaboration with award winning composer Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer, The Opera), was premiered and this time around, Thomas returns with The Kate Middleton Choir, a community choir reflecting on the conundrums of being a queen-in-waiting. Their return follows a successful debut in Un-Royal 2016 and several appearances with Jonny Woo, entertaining audiences over the past 12 months.

This November, the (Hackney) empire will be indeed ruled by Jonny Woo as he embarks again on his Un-Royal extravaganza. Get set for double the irreverence of last year as the glitterati prepare to hang from of theatre boxes and run amok through the theatre’s historic stalls. A raucous good time is firmly on the agenda complete with spectacular performances, laughs, politics and love.

“What a night! Thanks @JonnyWooUK for the first ever Un-Royal Variety @HackneyEmpire I laughed I cried” – Graham Norton via Twitter..