For 11 performances only this month, Olivier Award-winning cabaret artist Christopher Green returns to Wilton’s Music Hall this week with a strictly limited season of Music Hall Monster, his tribute to the infamous and ill-fated 1920s music hall singer Fred Barnes.
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’.
Earlier this year, ahead of Music Hall Monster’s premiere, creator Christopher Green teamed up with entertainment legend Roy Hudd to present a different take on Fred Barnes’ life, How Success Ruined Me, a critically acclaimed drama commissioned by BBC Radio 4, which was also recorded at Wilton’s Music Hall.
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!