Drawing inspiration from the sophisticated world of James Bond, Co-Founders of the London Cabaret Club Evelina Girling and Doni Fierro present London Never Dies, a glamorous immersive dining experience entertaining audiences with choreographed dance sequences, specialty acts and a selection of tracks from the iconic franchise performed by talented singers. A welcome back to the venue post the pandemic, Evelina and Doni have made a commitment to support their artists – opportunities created for past and current cast members to perform in their upcoming Christmas and NYE Season a glimmer of hope. Having just experienced their opening weekend, Evelina and Doni tell us more about the production, and what to expect!
Hi Doni and Evelina, your production London Never Dies opened on Sat 17th Oct at the London Cabaret Club. How are you feeling?
We were so delighted to be able to bring the show back to our guests finally. Whilst it has been hard for all performers in the industry, we’re feeling positive about what can be done to adapt with the times, create new opportunities and support all of our past and new cast members to get back to doing what they love.
London Never Dies is a dining and entertainment experience fusing iconic tracks from the Bond movies with singers, dancers and speciality acts. What inspired you to choose this production as your opening show post lockdown?
We wanted to transport our audience away from the everyday and offer them a thrilling evening of escapism. They’re immersed into a glamorous world with premium entertainment acts throughout the evening, a delicious dinner and electric music. It’s a rather fitting title too – our show will go on against all odds!
The London Cabaret Club recently held virtual auditions to cast 2 new casts for the production with former X-Factor choreographer Gaz Davies. How have you found having to adapt this process digitally? How did the day go?
It was a challenge, but a great one! In these strange times, you just have to adapt and make the best of a situation – we wanted to offer a boost to the industry whilst still ensuring we act in accordance with health and safety regulations. We had over 300 auditionees performing on the big screens in the ballroom via Zoom link across the day – it was quite surreal at times and of course there were technical difficulties at the very start, which was always to be expected! Every single performer, and our brilliant choreographer Gaz, did such a fantastic job under exceptionally tricky circumstances.
Specially crafted Bond-themed PPE has been crafted for the performance. How have you worked with the creative team to realise your vision?
We worked with the incredibly talented Wendy Olver and Clarice Serra who brought our glamorous (Covid-safe) vision to life. The safety of our staff and performers was paramount – but of course it had to have that Cabaret sparkle…
You’ve both mentioned that you’ve been inundated with requests from many performers asking to join the new cast. As a result, you’ve created a new opportunity to accommodate past and new members. Can you elaborate on this further?
It’s important for theatre performers to feel like they have support at this time, which is why we gave everyone the opportunity to audition. The perks of it being virtual was that performers outside of London could also audition. We had over 300 auditionees dial in from as far away as Australia, the US and Mexico. All of them did such a brilliant job and we’re so proud of every one of the finalists. Considering the demand for work right now, we have created a new opportunity to be able to accommodate and support all our past and new cast members. The idea is that all artists who are keen to be back on stage will be able to perform with The London Cabaret Club throughout the next season including Christmas and NYE. We have hired two full casts rather than one, rotating between front of house/waiting duties and performing, so that we can give more jobs to out of work performers.
Evelina, as co-founder and CEO and Doni, co-founder and Artistic Director of the London Cabaret Club, what inspired you both to establish the venue?
We wanted to offer people a sophisticated entertainment environment combining high-end dining experiences with an exciting live cabaret production. We were passionate about setting out shows around distinctly British themes and to celebrate the rich heritage of British culture, past and present.
What can audiences expect from the London Never Dies show?
Audiences can expect to enter a new world when they walk in the door – the glamorous world of James Bond. They will find themselves surrounded in glitz and glamour whilst also enjoying premium entertainment acts from our talented performers throughout the evening and delectable food and music. Audiences can also feel safe in the knowledge that we have adhered to all the new measures brought in by the government and are following all guidelines in order to keep our guests, staff and performers safe. With clearly guided routes around the venue, an abundance of space between tables, sanitising stations galore, QR codes, contactless menus and fully trained, attentive staff looking after your every need, we are confident that our guests will be able to enjoy our critically acclaimed live performances in a thoroughly secure environment.
What are your hopes for The London Cabaret Club moving forward?
Especially at a time like this we feel we must continue to provide Londoners with a much-needed dose of arts, culture and entertainment. Here at The Bloomsbury Ballroom, ‘The Show Must Go On’!
Questions by Lucy Basaba.
London Never Dies runs at The London Cabaret Club every Saturday from 17th October, then every Friday and Saturday throughout November and Tuesday-Saturday in December. For more information and tickets, visit and follow @thelondoncabaretclub on Instagram and @LonCabaretClub on Twitter.