Adelaide 2019: Top 8 Cabarets To See at the Fringe

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Published 05 Feb 2019

Fringe Wives Club: Glittergrass

Touching down from their sold out London tour, Adelaide’s favourite trio of 'nasty women' will grace the Fringe stage with what promises to be yet another winning season. Fringe Wives Club proudly debut Glittergrass, a fiery cabaret complete with a live band and new comedic material. All delivered with the same glamorous gusto their feminist fans know and love.

Gluttony, 11:55pm, dates vary, $20-28

Another Night at the Musicals

Le Gateau Chocolat and Johnny Woo received the call for an encore loud and clear. Back with a revised version of Night at the Musicals, Chocolat and Woo return with their British wit, pumped up vocals, and teased out wigs to give Adelaide another taste of their aggrandised musical classics.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights, 8:15pm, 15 Feb-3 Mar (not 18, 25 Feb), $28-38

Hans: Like A German

The Fringe's 2019 ambassador is a familiar face. Adelaide’s favourite pseudo-German returns to home soil for another year after wowing the world on America’s Got Talent. Boasting multiple accolades the self-proclaimed 'international superstar, sex symbol, accordionist, home-wrecker, and Madonna fan' will stun in his reprisal of Hans: Like A German. (@accordianhans)

Gluttony, 6:30pm, 26 Feb-17 Mar, not 4, 11 Mar, $35-48

Michael Griffiths: By Request

Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths showcases his 20 year career, performing the songs that have garnered his continuous success and made him a household name. This intimate night of world-class cabaret includes the best of Griffiths' reportoire. Expect to hear the timeless songs of Cole Porter juxtaposed with tunes by the imitable Annie Lennox. And don't forget to send in your requests.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights, 7pm, 15-24 Feb, not 18, $25-35

Bernie Dieter’s Little Death Club

The dearly debauched Little Death Club are back in town with their dark brand of deviant cabaret. Host Bernie Dieter leads her troupe of miscreants and guests to traverse the stage, telling not-so-subtle stories about all things 'la petite mort' through drag, circus, and song.

Gluttony, 9:20pm, 15 Feb-17 Mar, not 18, 25 Feb, 4, 11 Mar, $25-42 

The Worst Little Warehouse in London

Lala and Robbie explore the highs and despairing lows of shared living in a musical parody about two Aussies barely keeping it together in London. The comedy stars two young, bright-eyed hopefuls and 'every housemate you’ve ever lived with.' Experience a painful wakeup call to megacity living through dry Aussie wit and situational absurdity.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights, 7pm, 15 Feb-3 Mar (not 18, 25 Feb), $20-30

Swingesque-Legends

A show-stopping tribute to the greats presented by the women of Choo La La Burlesque Adelaide. This adults-only performance promises old school showgirl entertainment with a modern twist. Expect daring dance numbers and sultry show tunes in a two-hour extravaganza that is a stunning ode to the heyday of cabaret.

Woodville Town Hall, 8pm, 15-16 Mar, $35

Shake It

Hosted by Papillon’s deceptively sweet-faced songbird, Minnie Andrews, this variety show showcases the best of burlesque, cabaret and circus that the Fringe has to offer. Shaking it up four times a week, expect to experience all that is strange and sexy, and leave any prudish reservations at the door.

Gluttony, 10pm, dates vary, $18-27