Author Archives: 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

Angela Lansbury – Superstar By Encouragement

Recently, I have lost two important public figures in my professional life- The Queen and Angela Lansbury. I’ve had the privilege of playing each of them on stage.  I’ll write about both in time, but right now, I feel I must say something about Angela, in the light of her recent passing. Continue reading

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Being Yourself on Stage -an interview with Ty Jeffries

One of the things people who sing cabaret find so daunting is the thought of being themselves onstage, especially engaging with the audience in patter, and for some even singing when not being in character can induce anxiety. Continue reading

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Jeff Harnar: The 1959 Broadway Songbook

Jeff Harnar returns to London to present his new show The 1959 Broadway Songbook – a celebration of the 21 musicals you could have seen in New York that year…The structure of the show itself sounds intriguing with an homage to the Golden Age of Broadway – a ‘boy meets girl’ narrative, and created around the musical structure of a Broadway show of that era. Continue reading

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Lucy Dixon: Lulu’s Back in Town

Lucy Dixon is not an artist to stand still – neither artistically nor physically. Her work has moved from performing in musical theatre to French gypsy jazz, tap dancing, improvised percussion and much else. Having trained from childhood as a … Continue reading

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A Spoonful of Sherman

The version of A Spoonful of Sherman currently appearing at Live at Brasserie Zedel is a pared down production of the 2-act show with 4 performers staged at the then St James Theatre in 2014. Celebrating a century of songwriting … Continue reading

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.excellent piece of theatre… Danny Mellor presented his self-penned hour long one-man play Undermined at Wilton’s Music Hall. Continue reading

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Shell Shock

Shell Shock is a powerful and acutely-observed new one-man play soon to tour the UK describing a young soldier’s difficulties in settling back into civilian life, and the effects on his mental health and family life.
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A Christmas Carol – Fitzrovia Radio Hour

…delightfully silly, very slick and wonderfully energetic…highly amusing, joyful romp guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer. Continue reading

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Bounder and Cad

Bounder and Cad‘s alter-egos, Adam Drew and Guy Hayward, are in reality two very personable young Cambridge graduates having found themselves on the cabaret circuit almost by accident. They met as students, sang in choirs, put together a song for … Continue reading

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Rodgers Revealed

The duo that put together Bernstein Revealed at St James Studio has reprised a former show of similar format, Rodgers Revealed, this time at North London venue JW3.  Edward Seckerson and Jason Carr draw upon their vast knowledge of the scores … Continue reading

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