Olivier Award-winning cabaret artist Christopher Green is performing as his latest stage creation, Music Hall Monster: The Insatiable Fred Barnes, at Wilton’s Music Hall now. Have you seen some of his other incredible, and incredibly different, character creations? Watch him perform as Fred, Tina C, Ida Barr and Regina’s son Rex below – and then get booking!
Music Hall Monster: The Insatiable Fred Barnes has a strictly limited season this month at Wilton’s Music Hall in east London, running from 2 to 12 May 2018 only.
Fred Barnes was a famous music hall singer. He fell spectacularly from grace, brought down by a shockingly modern range of addictions: sex, shopping, alcohol, and a need for celebrity. At the pinnacle of his fame in the 1920s, he was fabulously wealthy and sported the height of extravagant fashion with a marmoset monkey on his shoulder. By the mid-1930s, he was singing for pennies in Southend pubs with a chicken on his shoulder.
Barnes’ life was one of gothic horror, total extremes, and rather lovely songs. In today’s language, we might call this ‘wavy-haired, blue-eyed Adonis’ queer, gender fluid, an addict, a predator or perhaps we might just fall at his feet and call him ‘a star’.
Olivier Award-winning theatremaker and Wilton’s Music Hall associate, Christopher Green now takes to the stage fully fledged as Fred Barnes, fresh from taking his immersive, “theatre that defies classification” Offies-nominated entertainment about pornography, Prurience, to the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Green’s other renowned character creations include faux country music singer and would-be president Tina C, granarchist and rapper Ida Barr, Scottish cultural critic Jedd O’Sullivan Green and working man’s club hypnotist Derek Diamond. He also co-created, with Ursula Martinez, the long-running, international hit, experiential shows Office Party and C’est Duckie!, which won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.
Music Hall Monster: The Insatiable Fred Barnes runs from 2 to 12 May 2018 at Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £5.50 to £12.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Here Christopher Green gives a special performance as Fred Barnes, singing music hall hits Black Sheep of The Family and On Mother Kelly’s Doorstep, at Duckie’s Lady Malcolm’s Servant’s Ball, introduced by London’s ‘night czar’ and presenter Amy Lame.
Country singer, ‘icon for peace’ and failed US presidential hopeful Tina C is one of Green’s most famous comic characters. Here’s an acoustic version of her classic song I Became Schizophrenic (So I Could Love You Twice As Much).
Here’s Green mashing up as ‘granarchist’ Ida Barr, the People’s Pensioner and the Queen Mother of our Hearts who has embraced the music of today’s yut with her own brand of rap which she has dubbed Artificial Hip Hop. Everyone likes to sing a song, innit?
Christopher Green collaborated with actress Rula Lenska to create mother-and-son chart-topping one-hit wonders Regina and Rex. In 1975, when she was 25 and he was five, they had a hit with Mama Lover. Here they are re-releasing the single and preparing for a comeback.