Jazz At Cafe Society

Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London
Jazz At Cafe Society

Jazz at Cafe Society is a swinging show which tells the true story of Cafe Society, the legendary 1940s New York nightclub which promoted racial equality and progressive causes – and played host to some of the finest musical talent of the 20th century, including Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie and many others.

From its idealistic Left-wing beginnings, through all its struggles and triumphs, to its eventual demise in the anti-Communist hysteria of the late 1940s, Jazz at Cafe Society is a captivating story of a time when Jewish radicals and Black civil rights activists made common cause, when the American Left was a force to be reckoned with, and when some of the greatest jazz and blues talent that ever lived was just a phone call away.

Featuring a stellar cast of vocalists – Gwyneth Herbert, Alexander Stewart and Paris-based China Moses (daughter of jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater), Jazz at Cafe Society is narrated by DJ and BBC Radio presenter Max Reinhardt, who plays club owner Barney Josephson.

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: Gwyneth Herbert, China Moses, Max Reinhardt, AlexanderStewart

author: Alex Webb

director: Alex Webb

producer: Alex Webb

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Musical
  • Opening Night:
  • Closing night:

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Venue InformationHIDE

Tricycle Theatre
269 Kilburn High Road, London, United Kingdom, NW6 7JR

  • Nearest tube: Kilburn (500m)
  • Nearest bus: 16, 31, 32, 98, 189, 316, 328
  • Nearest train: Brondesbury (200m)
  • Parking:

    2 disabled parking bays just outside the theatre on Buckley Road, further bays on Kilburn High Road. Parking is free in the evening, or pay and display any other time. Taxis drop off and pick up outside theatre entrance on either Kilburn High Road or Buckley Road. Disabled customers can use the public phone in the foyer or ask a member of staff to order a taxi for them.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 020 7328 1000
  • Discounts: Available for all disabled people and their companions. Please note seating is not numbered, but if a customer has any specific requirements seats can be reserved – please check with Box Office..
  • Limited mobility: Side slips, latecomers row and front row offer the best legroom. Royal Circle has the least steps for access.
  • Access description: Steep ramp to main entrance through double swing doors opening outwards. Level access through alternative entrance on Buckley Road through swing doors opening both ways - ask staff to assist. Box office (approx. 1m high), Bar and Café in the foyer. Platform lift, or 6 steps up to Royal Circle. Stalls 4 steps down from Royal Circle level and 2 staircases of 23 steps each up to the balcony from the foyer. Floor surfaces in the foyer are tiled, Bar and Café wooden and the auditorium carpeted.
  • Hearing impaired: Induction loop in the auditorium.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs allowed into auditorium – please book an aisle seat. Alternatively staff are happy to dog-sit (one dog maximum).
  • Wheelchairs: 2 spaces for wheelchairs in the Royal Circle (accessed via lift from ground level)- please book in advance as wheelchair spaces have to be prepared. Staff are happy to assist, but wheelchair users must be accompanied. Companions can sit in the next seat (either H4 or H10). Transfers to aisle seats available. Venue is suitable for scooters.
  • Disabled toilets: 1 adapted toilet inside the foyer to the left of the Box Office by the lift, and 1 in the basement accessible by platform lift. A further adapted toilet is available by the venue’s cinema.
  • Bars: Café Bar located in main foyer (counter height 1.1m). Large print menu and table service can be arranged on request. Drinks may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium.
  • Legroom: Large print programmes available on request.