As previously tipped, La Clique - or rather, due to some producing credit changes, the artists previously known as the Olivier Award-winning burlesque troupe of La Clique and now performing under the title La Soiree - will return to London this Christmas, performing in a specially erected theatre tent on the South Bank.

La Soiree will run from 21 October 2010 to 30 January 2011 (previews from 12 October) at the “Magic Mirrors Southbank”, which will be situated in the Upper Ground site behind the National Theatre, London SE1.

The line-up of previous La Clique cabaret artists confirmed to appear includes Scandinavian contortionist Captain Frodo, “bath boy” David O’Mer, strongmen duo The English Gents and Miss Behave.

Offering a mixture of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety, the company has performed seasons around the world including Sydney, Melbourne, Montreal, Dublin and New York in addition to regular summer stints at the Edinburgh Fringe.

La Clique made its London debut at the London Hippodrome on 10 October 2008 (previews from 2 October), initially due to run for just four months and eventually extending until 27 June 2009, when it closed ahead of the venue’s redevelopment as a casino complex. That same year, it won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, and in November 2009, it moved to the Roundhouse for a nine-week Christmas season.

La Soiree is presented in London by Brett Haylock, Mark Rubinstein and Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live.

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