Scarfe’s Bar

Dusty Limits

Dusty Limits to open new cabaret at Scarfe’s Bar.



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Cabaret at Scarfes Bar

A new cabaret is about to open in the elegant and luxurious setting of Scarfes Bar in the Rosewood Hotel, High Holborn.  L-shaped with leather covered book cabinets at one end, belle époque lampshades and ornaments, velvet and leather armchairs and sofas, and the distinctive amusing Gerald Scarfe painted marble panels, the music and atmosphere created is redolent of an era gone by- decadent and glamorous, yet with the sophistication of a gentlemen’s club.

Dusty Limits, accompanied by musicians Tom Carradine, Tom Mansi and Jonathan Kitching, hosts the evening singing a selection of songs ranging from Noel Coward to original works in keeping with the appropriate style.  My personal favourite was Amanda Palmer’s Coin-Operated Boy, showcasing his excellent movement skills as well as his voice.

He introduces a number of artists, namely soprano Lili La Scala singing Léhar’s On My Lips Every Kiss is Like Wine and Edith Piaf’s hit Sous Le Ciel De Paris; exotic dancer Vicky Butterfly with a beautiful self-designed costume reminiscent of Mata Hari; loose-limbed Russian circus artist Valeriya Murzak and hand-balancing acrobat Sammy Dinneen.  Laura London also roams the room performing close-up magic.

Each of the artists is richly costumed, experienced in their various disciplines and engaging to watch. With tickets limited to 60 guests per show, and well-presented cocktails and bar snacks available, the event has an exclusive feel about it. If you are looking for something different to do on a Sunday evening, particularly something celebrative yet relaxed, this is well worth the short walk from Covent Garden. Dress up for it – it’s worth it.

Scarfes Cabaret Evenings will launch officially on Sunday 5th October and will play fortnightly from there on. Tickets are priced at £30 per person and can abe booked by calling 020 7781 8888 or visiting

Fiona-Jane Weston

About Fiona Jane Weston

I am Fiona-Jane Weston and as well as being a performer myself (see website), I write reviews of and features on shows, mainly on the London cabaret and theatre scene. I have worked in theatre for many years, but decided to embark on a new direction in cabaret in 2009, when I produced 20th Century Woman: The Compact Cabaret. Not wanting to neglect my love of spoken word, particularly drama and verse, I made the conscious decision to include these elements in the programme, as well as wonderful songs, to tell the story of women's changing status and preoccupations throughout the 20th Century and up to now. I was invited to audition for the renowned Cabaret Conference at Yale, run by the late legendary Erv Raible, and that was thrilled to be one of only 26 accepted that year, where I was taught by the masters of the genre. Amanda McBroom (composer of the Bette Middler hit "The Rose" and the poignant "Errol Flynn"), Laurel Massé, original member of Manhattan Transfer, Sally Mayes, Tony Award nominees Sharon McNight and Tovah Feldshuh, and New York cabaret veteran Julie Wilson were all on the faculty. We were also treated to the musical direction of Alex Rybeck, Hubert Tex Arnold and the now late Paul Trueblood. With the benefit of their insightful teaching and great encouragement, I took my show to The Duplex in New York, where I was delighted with the response. Since then, I have produced Loving London: The Capital Cabaret, using the same format of songs, poetry and drama, in various London venues, including Leicester Square Theatre and The Crazy Coqs. 2014, the centenary of World War 1, saw the launch of Wartime Women: the Khaki Cabaret to a sellout house at St. James Theatre, London, garnering great notices, including from The Times and Musical Theatre Review. I have since been touring the show to Belgium and throughout the UK. I hope these reviews and interviews entertain and educate at the same time, and if please do leave comments in the box. It's great to engage in a conversation about the Arts. Fiona-Jane Weston
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