La Clique must close at the Hippodrome, after a final extension to 27 June 2009, making way for property developers United Leisure, who are converting the space into a new £15 million casino complex (See News, 14 Apr 2009). After a break, the show will reopen on 25 November 2009 (previews from 19 November) for a limited nine-week Christmas season to 17 January 2010 at the Roundhouse in Camden.
La Clique made its London debut at the Hippodrome on 10 October 2008 (previews from 2 October), initially due to run for just four months. It has extended multiple times at the Hippodrome, where it’s been seen by over 100,000 and grossed more than £2.5 million. In March, it won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment (See News, 8 Mar 2009).
A mixture of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety, La Clique has performed seasons around the world including Sydney, Melbourne, Montreal, Dublin and New York in addition to regular summer stints at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it’s annually one of the hottest tickets at the festival. It’s presented in London by La Clique Productions, Mark Rubinstein and Mick Perrin.
A press statement today about La Clique’s move to the “legendary” Roundhouse states: “The show promises to bring everything that is great about La Clique at the Hippodrome back, with more tinsel, more glitter, and more glamour. Bigger, better with a previously unseen line-up which will include some of London’s favourites along with the crème de la crème of twisted cabaret entertainers from around the world, La Clique at Christmas will be the very best alternative show that London has to offer.”
- by Terri Paddock