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Cafe Society Swing
On from 05 Jun 2018 till 16 Jun 2018
Theatre Royal Stratford East
by Alex Webb
Genre(s): Drama

Tickets: £10 - £32 - Concessions available at many performances for children and under 26s. If you can’t attend a show without the support of a companion or carer, you can get a companion ticket free of charge

About: Cafe Society Swing

This acclaimed show tells the true story of the first racially integrated jazz club in New York – Cafe Society, which opened in December 1938.

One of the first American venues to treat the great black artists of the era with dignity and respect, the club was the launch pad for Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan and many others.

Full of swinging jazz, blues, gospel and bebop, the show follows the venue’s thrilling struggles and triumphs to its eventual demise in America’s ‘Red Scare’ of the late 1940s.

Billie Holiday was one of the first headliners at the club and it was at Cafe Society that club owner Barney Josephson presented her with the classic protest lyric Strange Fruit – which became her signature song.

Reviews

★★★★ 'Fabulous.' Financial Times

★★★★ 'A genuine treat.' The Times

'A balm for the soul.' New York Times Critic's Pick

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