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Soho’s Brasserie Zédel is set to become as known for entertainment as it is for dining.

Originally part of London’s Regent Palace Hotel, Brasserie Zédel is now a destination in its own right, serving classic French fare in its grand main space. While our members love to visit the brasserie for a satisfying meal, it’s theatre fans who can really look forward to the coming months at this venue off Piccadilly Circus.

Tucked away opposite the main dining room is the intimate art deco Crazy Coqs cabaret space, which will re-launch in September with a season of music, comedy and theatre. Its first artistic director is American composer and singer Scott Alan, and with his background in musical theatre, it comes as little surprise that the programme of events has a theatrical bent.

Having worked with stars of Broadway and West End stages including Kerry Ellis (Wicked), Jonathan Groff (Hamilton), Olivier Award-winning Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) and Tony Award-winning Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), we’re thrilled to see that he has attracted an equally high calibre of guests for this inaugural season.

With so many shows to choose from, we’ve put together our highlights over the next four months. If you’d like to book tickets or see the full programme, please contact our Theatre team.

Best for theatre aficionados

Proceedings get underway on 2 September with two events that will become regular fixtures during Alan’s residency. Coq-tails and Conversations will see acclaimed theatre critic Mark Shenton joined by a variety of guests to discuss their careers and inspiration, with the first hour-long conversation with Wicked’s Shoshana Bean; followed by a joint appearance from Natasha Barnes (Funny Girl) and Ria Jones (Sunset Boulevard) on 9 September. Later in the evening, West End favourites Julie Atherton (Avenue Q) and Simon Lipkin (Rock of Ages and Guys & Dolls) take the reins for West End Coqs – a night full of partying, talent and cocktails. Guests for this and Shenton’s future talks will be announced shortly.

Throughout autumn, audiences will have the chance to see some of theatre’s top names in a unique and cosy setting, with some performing an unexpected repertoire. On 17 September, Lucie Jones (Les Misérables) and friends perform 1980s hits and on 25 October, Emma Hatton (Wicked) indulges her love of Eva Cassidy’s emotional music. Natasha Barnes is sure to fill the house on 2 October, following her hugely successful performance in Funny Girl during Sheridan Smith’s leave of absence. She is set to feature songs of all varieties including numbers by Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse.

For Stephen Sondheim fans, Joan Vázquez makes his London debut on 15 October with Something’s Coming: A Sondheim Tribute, which he has previously performed to great success in his native Spain and for this show he will be joined by some West End guests. Then from 10 to 14 November, acclaimed musical actress Maria Friedman takes the stage to delve into Leonard Bernstein’s and Sondheim’s extensive catalogues.

The year ends with a series of Christmas shows, beginning with Anne Reid (Into the Woods) on 18 and 19 December; followed by Gary Williams (The Rat Pack) for A Swingin’ Christmas from 21 to 23 December. Also on the evening of 18 December we’re looking forward to seeing five of the West End’s best female stars harmoniously work through a set of holiday numbers. This is sure to be a popular night, so book early to see Sabrina Aloueche (Les Misérables), Madalena Alberto (Evita), Sophia Ragavelas (Cats), Emma Kingston (In the Heights) and Sandra Marvin (Showboat) unite.

There will also be a monthly Sunday Nights, New Voices show which was initiated and run by Scott Alan in New York for seven years and has received much acclaim. His aim is to highlight new talent by giving artists the opportunity to perform with established composers in front of a welcoming audience. The first show on 18 September will be hosted by Siobhan Dillon (Ghost) and we anticipate that it will be a great place to see upcoming theatre stars before they hit the big time.

Best of the rest

We couldn’t possibly mention all of the amazing guests that will be gracing the Crazy Coqs stage but Alan has certainly put together an eclectic mix. While there is a strong theatre angle, there will also be talks from the likes of Jay Rayner, Levi Roots and Grayson Perry, and cabaret by Miss Hope Springs and La Voix of Britain’s Got Talent fame. Comedy comes from Ariane Barnes and Doc Brown among others, plus there’s a partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra and a selection of London Jazz Festival concerts in November.