pic of Ail Guill and Tim McArthur on either side of the house
Overview
What You Need To Know
More About the Performers

Welcome to Fridays Unlocked! We're so excited to be back with an amazing series of live outdoor performances on the beautiful Tea lawn at the back of the House.

Tonight Cabaret returns to Lauderdale House with:

The ever glamorous and stunning Alison Guill who has appeared in West End shows such as Phantom of the Opera and Carousel, leading roles with OperaUK and shortly before lockdown in her own cabaret at Lauderdale House. She'll treat you to a selection of fun and upbeat Sondheim, Gershwin, Ivor Novello and Rogers & Hammerstein with plenty of comedy songs! Alison is accompanied by Lauderdale House pianist-in-residence Stephen Hose

The charismatic and versatile Tim McArthur who has appeared in cabaret in New York, Kuala Lumpur and across London including the Purcell Room and, of course, Lauderdale House. Get ready for a set packed with uplifting songs about overcoming your fears and the challenges of life, from great composers such as Irving Berlin, Kander & Ebb, Burt Bacharach and Jerry Herman. Tim is accompanied by Aaron Clingham, resident Musical Director at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Pub Theatre in Walthamstow.

Come rain or shine we'll be there to entertain you so make sure you bring attire for all weathers! It's going to be a lot of fun! 

Don't fancy queuing up for your snacks and drinks? You can now pre-order drinks and a picnic for collection on the night. When buying your tickets online simply add your selection to your basket before checkout and we'll have it ready for you.

We have done everything we can to keep you safe and make these events Covid-19 secure – please read the ‘What You Need To Know’ tab for more information. 

And please note tickets MUST be purchased in advance.

 

Covid-19 Secure
We want to make sure you and everyone else around you is safe so we will allocate you a specific area according to the size of your party, whether you are bringing chairs or sitting on the Tea Lawn.  

Every audience member will have their temperature checked on arrival. Anyone with a high temperature will not be admitted along with anyone in their household or 'bubble'. Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds in this situation. 

Please help us to help you by following these instructions:

  • If you are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 do not come to the show - please stay home in line with Government Guidelines. Check for Covid-19 symptoms HERE.
  • If you are a vulnerable person who should not be going out please stay home - we hope we can see you in person soon but want you to stay safe.
  • Wherever possible please stay 2 metres from people outside your ‘bubble’ or household.
  • We strongly advise bringing a face covering along with you. 
  • Please co-operate with the stewards and volunteers when they show you to your seating area.
  • The toilets will be available but please follow the instructions in relation to keeping a distance when/if queuing and follow good hygiene and hand washing regimes. Soap and disinfectant sprays are available for your use. Be careful and considerate.
  • The café will be open for purchases on the night. Please follow the instructions for queuing safely.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Please arrive in good time. The Box office will open at 6pm. Please come to the box office at the front door ('East Entrance').
  • The Tea Lawn will be open for you to settle down and enjoy your picnics from 6pm. The show starts at 7pm.
  • Getting everyone settled will take longer than usual so please be patient – we promise not to start till everyone is in and comfortable.

Seating
We do not supply chairs. Audience members will sit on the Tea Lawn to watch the performance, so please bring either a picnic blanket or a folding chair to make yourself comfortable. We will ask you whether you are bringing chairs or blankets during the booking process. Audience members with chairs will be seated behind those on the ground to make sure that everyone has a good view. If you are booking as a group we will need you to all be on chairs or all on blankets, rather than a mixture of the two. If you have not said you are bringing a chair when booking and change your mind you will not be able to use it as it will block someone else’s view. 

Weather
The performance will continue regardless of the weather. Having run open-air events for many years, we know all too well that the weather can be deceptive and can change very quickly. Please plan for all eventualities and remember to bring a waterproof layer and an extra woollie!

Food and Drink
The cafe/bar will be open selling food and drinks before the performance starts.

You can now pre-order drinks and a picnic for collection on the night. When buying your tickets online simply add your selection to your basket before checkout and we'll have it ready for you. 

Note that hot drinks cannot be pre-ordered but will be available from the bar.

You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the Tea Lawn as you watch the performance. 

When you book
We will be asking some extra questions when you book your ticket to ensure you and everyone else stays safe. In order to comply with the contact tracing scheme we are asking you to provide a name and phone number for each ticketholder. Please use the 'any special requirements?' box to make us aware of any ticketholders who are wheelchair users or have reduced mobility.

And please note tickets MUST be purchased in advance.

Tim McArthur 

Tim McArthur, recently celebrated 25 years working in the entertainment industry. He has lived in Highgate since 1997. He is a actor, theatre director, writer and presenter. Recent theatre role include The Baker in Into The Woods, Maurice in the comedy musical Bathouse and Sam Byck in Assassins. He has performed his solo show at Feinstein's 54 Below on Broadway in NYC, The Tada Theatre in NYC,  Drews in Chicago and the London Hippodrome and The Purcell Room. He presents the Curtain Up Show on Resonance FM and Healthy Acting on Men's Radio Station. He also created the comedy character Sister Mary who has performed several seasons at The Edinburgh Festival. He is delighted to be presenting his show Mountains at Lauderdale House. 

Critic’s Choice and 'Show- stopping Form' -  The Times

'Pick of the Day' -  New York Times

Alison Guill

Alison Guill, once full time singer, now teacher, mother and part-time gin sipper, has worked in London for nearly twenty years. She teaches voice at the Royal Academy of Music where she has just been made Associate, and has a busy private teaching studio at home. Before spending most of her days running around after 2 tyrannical boys under 6 and 2 terriers out to get her sued for indecent behaviour she appeared in London's West End in roles in Phantom of the Opera, Showboat and Carousel in London’s West End.  she was the Baroness for the Madinat Jumeriah’s production of Sound of Music in Dubai and you can hear her in the backing vocals on feature films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Gnomeo and Juliet, as well as for Elton John. Opera credits include Opera North, Holland Park and leading roles for Opera UK.  She is currently creating a follow on from her cabaret MOTHERHOOD to be called MOTHERHOOD: LOCKED DOWN, and is very much looking forward to singing again to an audience that is not logged onto Zoom.

 

Aaron Clingham,

Aaron is a 7 time Off West End Award nominated Musical Director, Orchestrator and Pianist.

Favourite theatre credits include: Grindr The Opera, Romance Romance, Fanny and Stella! and [title of show] (Above The Stag Theatre), Into The Woods (Cockpit Theatre), My Land’s Shore (Theatr Soar), Metropolis, Out of this World,  The Kissing Dance and Godspell (Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre),  Cream (Canal Cafe Theatre), Naked Boys Singing (The Kings Head Theatre), Goosed (The Royal Vauxhall Tavern), Sondheim by Sondheim (Camden Roundhouse), The Rippers 5 (Theatro Technis) and It’s a Bird...It’s a Plane...It’s Superman! (Leicester Square Theatre).

Cabaret credits include: An evening with Tim McArthur & Chums (Hippodrome Casino), Mountains – A Musical Journey  (St. James Studio, The Arts Theatre and Jermyn Street Theatre); The Circle Of Life (Leicester Square Theatre) and Don’t Ask the Lady! (Above The Arts and The Crazy Coqs).

 

Stephen Hose, Piano

Stephen is Lauderdale House's 'pianist-in-residence' performing monthly lunchtime concerts He trained at the Royal Academy of Music where he held a Vaughan Williams scholarship, and has worked extensively as a Musical Director, conductor and pianist in London and regional theatre.  He has played at most of the London concert halls and has performed in France and Germany.  

Projects abroad have ranged from the English Theater of Frankfurt to The Lost Colony at the 2,000 seat outdoor theatre on Roanoke Island, USA.  TV work has included being the pianist on Channel 4 ‘s Titanic, The Mission,  accompanist for The Choir, and 5 years as Musical Associate/Director for TV productions of Christmas Glory.  He was Chorus Master for Jessye Norman’s Ellington’s Sacred Songs at the Barbican Theatre and Epidavros, Greece. 

His work as Music Director for OperaUK has included Barber of Seville, Cosi fan Tutte, La Traviata, the Merry Widow, Olé and El Amore Brujo.  For Merry Opera work includes La Traviata, The Magic Flute, Kiss Me, Figaro!, The Barber of Seville and La Belle Hélène (aka Troy Boy).  He has also conducted over 50 performances of their unique staged Messiah.

Stephen is Lauderdale House's 'pianist-in-residence' performing monthly lunchtime concerts He trained at the Royal Academy of Music where he held a Vaughan Williams scholarship, and has worked extensively as a Musical Director, conductor and pianist in London and regional theatre.  He has played at most of the London concert halls and has performed in France and Germany.  

Projects abroad have ranged from the English Theater of Frankfurt to The Lost Colony at the 2,000 seat outdoor theatre on Roanoke Island, USA.  TV work has included being the pianist on Channel 4 ‘s Titanic, The Mission,  accompanist for The Choir, and 5 years as Musical Associate/Director for TV productions of Christmas Glory.  He was Chorus Master for Jessye Norman’s Ellington’s Sacred Songs at the Barbican Theatre and Epidavros, Greece. 

His work as Music Director for OperaUK has included Barber of Seville, Cosi fan Tutte, La Traviata, the Merry Widow, Olé and El Amore Brujo.  For Merry Opera work includes La Traviata, The Magic Flute, Kiss Me, Figaro!, The Barber of Seville and La Belle Hélène (aka Troy Boy).  He has also conducted over 50 performances of their unique staged Messiah.