All articles by: Cary Gee

Opera: Sophisticated and moving

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Semele Garsington Opera Presenting oratorio in fully staged performances is now a well-established tradition and there have been many notable successes. Even Handel’s own performances were usually semi-staged in some …

Theatre: Judy, Judy, Judy

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Judy Arts Theatre, London Judy Garland is “back in town”, and in writer and director Ray Rackham’s musical there are three of her. While the elder CBS Judy (Helen Sheals) …

Comedy: Enlightening laughs

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Ayesha Hazarika – State of the Nation Soho Theatre, London “Welcome to an evening of strong and stable comedy. Comedy means comedy and I intend to make a success of …

Out And About

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

At the 2015 general election, 11.3 million people voted for the Tories and 9.3 million voted Labour. And 15.7 million people eligible to vote did not do so. They included …

Theatre: Toad in the surreal whole

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

James Thierrée/Compagnie du Hanneton: The Toad Knew Sadlers Wells Theatre, London From the moment the red velvet curtain falls, when it should rise, you know to expect the unexpected. And …

Comedy: Wham bam Pam Ann

Published: May 10, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Pam Ann: Touch Trolley, Run to Galley Leicester Square Theatre, London Twenty years after she first took to the skies, Pam Ann’s latest touchdown in London is timed perfectly. After …

Out And About

Published: May 9, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

If Labour wins the general election it has promised to introduce a ‘consumer rights revolution’ for people who rent their homes. Private landlords would not only require a licence for …

Wam bam Pam Ann

Published: April 30, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Pam Ann: Touch Trolley, Run to Galley Leicester Square Theatre, London

Music: No frontiers

Published: April 22, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Garland Jeffreys Nells Jazz and Blues Club, London The first thing you notice, on entering Nells, is that that there is no one at the bar. Despite the early hour. …

Party time!

Published: April 13, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

This Joint Is Jumpin’ The Other Palace, London It’s the end of a long day. You feel more than ready to go home and crawl into bed when a friend …

Books: Transformative champion of LBGT rights

Published: April 11, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

When We Rise: My Life In the Movement by Cleve Jones Constable £14.99 Movements, of whatever hue – in Cleve Jones’ case it is rainbow coloured – can be all-consuming …

Out And About

Published: April 11, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Last week I was privileged to interview the remarkable LGBT activist Cleve Jones about his moving new memoir, When We Rise, the inspiration for a major prime time miniseries currently …

Theatre: Here come the girls

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

The Girls Phoenix Theatre, London You might think there’s a finite number of times you can flog the same horse before it drops dead in front of you. Then along …

Cabaret: Filthy funny bunny

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Lady Bunny: Trans-Jester Soho Theatre, London Lady Bunny, NYC drag legend and founder of drag-fest Wigstock, does a nice line in self-deprecation. Before sashaying onto the stage, beneath a blonde …

Out And About

Published: March 11, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Three years ago the owner of the Totalitarian Art Gallery in Amsterdam escaped punishment by the courts after being found ‘guilty’ of selling several copies of Mein Kampf. Even though …

Comedy: Christie in bloom

Published: February 28, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It Leicester Square Theatre, London Bridget Christie doesn’t “do” politics. She does horticulture. In particular, she likes fuschias. Perhaps because of their very suburban ordinariness. …

Out And About

Published: February 12, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Within hours of arriving in NYC in the early ‘90s, my first visit unaccompanied and unencumbered, I set out on a pilgrimage. My destination was not one of the usual …

Books: The tricky truth about a born fabricator

Published: February 12, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Beryl Bainbridge: Love By All Sorts Of Means by Brendan King Bloomsbury £25 In an unusually frank introduction, Dame Beryl Bainbridge’s biographer, long-time assistant Brendan King, admits that he has …

Out & About: Cary Gee

Published: January 17, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

George Orwell, in The Road to Wigan Pier, mused:?“Would it not be better if (the poor) spent more money on wholesome things like oranges and wholemeal bread, or if they …