Theatre Review: Halloween at The Tassel Club

Halloween has never looked more glamourous than at The Tassel Club’s 1920s soiree

In recent years, Halloween seems to have become a major celebration in the UK. Although All Hallows Eve represents an ancient tradition, the compulsory dressing up for almost any kind of night out between the end of October and Bonfire Night is an import from our excitable American cousins.

This can be tiresome, but at times can create an impressive - if slightly disconcerting - spectacle, such as at The Tassel Club’s Halloween party.

Regulars to this burlesque cabaret night will know that dressing up is hardly out of the ordinary, but the combination of period costumes with scary masks, severed limbs and dripping wounds provided an enduring image.

It’s easy to miss the Grand Hall as you walk down Euston Road if you don’t know it’s there, but the cavernous art deco room lent itself perfectly to The Tassel Club’s retro soiree.

Two stages, one at the front of the room, the other in the centre, were surrounded by a healthy compliment of dining tables and an even more salubrious amount of beautifully dressed revellers on foot.

The cabaret action took place on both, and included husky singers, semi-naked but tasteful dancers and a quite extraordinary contortionist, as well as trapeze artists, aerial silks and even a sword swallower.

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To keep things moving, a live band and DJ got the crowd shaking their corsets in between acts, and a fully stocked cocktail bar helped to keep spirits high.

Everything about the Tassel Club’s Halloween party oozed stylish 1920’s decadence, from the venue, the audience and even the doormen.

In London’s cabaret scene, which is now quite crowded, they are the real deal and should be checked out by anyone keen on reliving a more glamourous age.

* The Halloween themed supper club was hosted by The Tassel Club on Saturday, October 29, at The Grand Hall, Euston Road, WC1.