Cafe Society Swing

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, Startford, London

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Tue 5th Jun 2018 to
Sat 16th Jun 2018

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Where:Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, Startford, London E15 1BN
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:19.30 (matinee Sat 9 & 16 Jun, 14.30)
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About the event

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.

Written by Alex Webb

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