Whitechapel Arts Showcase

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  • London Hospital Tavern


  • Cabaret/Burlesque, Comedy and Live Music
  • Tickets from free - £12.00
  • Alternative / Indie, Live Music and Rock n Roll
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The Whitechapel Arts Showcase is back for a spring special! We once again present a five day arts festival bringing a selection of London's finest and emerging talent, in our intimite and friendly pub environment. This April we bring you a wider variety of evening shows than ever, ranging from grass-roots musicians to world-class comedy stars. The program features more interactive events than ever, with three afternoon workshops, an art exhibition and our final event; Whitechapel Cabaret & Bingo!!
We are also hosting free day-time events including an exhibiton presenting a collection of works by artists whose work enriches the streets of East London, as well as free creative workshops lead by our talented performers, and artist networking events.

Monday, Musical Madness 

To kick off with a big ol’ bang, the Showcase brings its inaugural Monday of Musical Madness. A journey across multiple genres with 6 different acts from folky Indie trio Saint Boy, to the ethereal and emotive stylings of Laertis, to art rock band Duke Denver and The Deep Sea Creatures. Who doesn’t love a bit of mystery? So a top secret Headliner closes the show with a wild set of stars.

Line Up: Laertis, Shena Dyar, Saint Boy,  SASS, & headlining: Duke Denver and The Sea Creatures, Surprise headliner!

Doors: 2:30pm 

Starting: 4pm 

Tuesday, Theatre Show: Fan Girl

Fan Girl is a one-woman comic drama. Geraldine is a lonely woman caring for her invalid mother.  Her only respite is Zenobia, the hit U.S. television show loosely based on the life of actual third-century Syrian Queen, Zenobia. Dressed in her homemade costume, she ventures forth to meet her TV heroes at the first ever UK Zenobia fan convention. Written by award-winning playwright, Eddie Coleman, and starring Zoe Dolphin, this one-act comic drama also poses the questions; Who is Geraldine doing this for and who will she be when she returns home after the convention?

“A coming-of-age story that raised more than a few smiles” London Theatre

Doors: 7pm 

Starting: 7:30pm 

Wednesday, Niall Moorjani

Niall Moorjani is an award winning mixed- Scots-Indian non-binary writer, theatremaker and storyteller. They have toured all over the UK with their work for both children and adults. Notable festivals include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hay on Wye Book Festival and the Scottish International storytelling Festival. Niall’s work has been described as “storytelling at it’s finest” - The Skinny and “Genius” by the Scotsman. In 2022 their children’s show “The Girl And The Dragon” won best children’s show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the Derek Awards. They are interested in queer and bpoc stories and fantastical/historical subject matters. 

“Genius reinvention of the form” - Fringe of Colour

“Storytelling at its finest” - The Skinny 5 stars

Doors: 7pm 

Starting: 7:30pm 

Thursday, Comedy Double Bill

Enjoy a night of world class comedy, as the Whitechapel Arts Showcase will be listing two Work In Progress shows in high demand from Mamoun and Ria Lina. Two hour long shows, with side-splitting laughter in an intimate space.

7pm: Mamoun Doors at 6:30pm

A rising star on the live comedy scene, Mamoun’s natural flair has made him a winner and finalist of numerous comedy competitions, including Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year and BBC New Comedy Awards. Join us for Mamoun’s work in progress stand-up show, “Why I Love White People”, which takes a left field look at all walks of British society from a revered scholar of hood philosophy.  

“[Why I Love White People] That name will sell bare tickets” Mamoun

“Chilled composure and a fascinating back story… a comic who you’d like to hear more from” Chortle

“A loaded wit and a mischievous way of tweaking liberal guilt” Chortle

9pm: Ria Lina  Doors at 8:30pm

Ria Lina has quickly become a household name thanks to her provocative and truly fearless comedy in the British stand-up scene. A highly accomplished comedian, writer, and actor, it’s no surprise that being one of the hardest working performers in the business led to a critically acclaimed debut on Mock the Week BBC and Late Night Mash Dave. In preparation for her first major UK Tour - Riawakening - Ria will be delivering an energetic and fiercely hilarious take on coming out of the pandemic, but also divorce, the new normal, dating in a digital world, motherhood and what it really means to be a woman today. 

Ria’s TV credits include Have I Got News For You BBC, Live At The Apollo BBC, Mock The Week BBC, Lovestruck High Amazon Prime, The Last Leg C4, Late night Mash Dave, Richard Osmond’s House of Games BBC, Unforgivable Dave, Question Team Dave, The Jeremy Vine Show Channel 5 and many more.


Our old hosts are out of action but fortunately, two lost midwestern tourists have been able to fill their spot. Meet Edgar and Jaynine, two patriots that love bingo as much as they love this new foreign idea of universal health care. Enjoy an entertaining night of Bingo, sprinkled with weird and wonderful acts Edgar and Janine have brought along whilst on their travels through the UK. 

Doors: 7pm

Starting: 7:30pm 

Weekday Lineup: All of the following events are free entry and will run from 12-3pm

Tuesday - Art Exhibition

A collection of art from East London's street artists. Recognise any familiar faces?

Curated by: @facesorfaces

Wednesday - Storytelling Workshop with Niall Moorjani

A toe dipping introduction to performance storytelling and writing. Expect some silly games, suggestions and techniques for: performing, places to find stories, how to tell them sensitively and considerately in a modern world, and probably some amusing nonsense. The workshop will be led by Niall Moorjani, who has worked as a professional storyteller for years and told all over the world.

Thursday - Shortbread Improv Workshop

Shortbread Improv alumni of Edinburgh's longest running improv group, The Improverts teach short-form, game-based improv comedy. Open to anyone, and no experience is ever necessary. For complete beginners this workshop will be an informal and fun way to let your comedic side out. For seasoned improvisers, this will be a great, encouraging and safe space to flex your improv muscles.

Friday - Artist's Clinic

Bored of working at home? Come do whatever work you want in this chill and supportive creative space! There will be a slappin' gentle playlist, tea and friendly co-workers! Literally anyone is welcome to do whatever.

Reviews from previous Showcases:

"Great cabaret event. Such a variety of acts and a great atmosphere!"

"flipping great, funny inspiring and all around good time"
"... Very entertaining. An excellent performance from both storyteller and musician. The pub has lovely atmosphere and friendly staff"




Ticket Event time Cost
Monday Musical Madness- Early Bird 15:00 - 23:00 Free admission
Monday Musical Madness- Tier 2 15:00 - 23:00 £7.00
Monday Music Madness- Tier 3 15:00 - 23:00 £10.00
General Admission- BINGO 19:30 - 23:00 £12.00
General Admission 19:30 - 23:00 £7.00
MAMOUN & RIA LINA- DOUBLE BILL 18:30 - 22:00 £7.00
MAMOUN & RIA LINA- DOUBLE BILL 18:30 - 22:00 £7.00



London Hospital Tavern, 176, Whitechapel Road, London, E11BJ

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London Hospital Tavern
A collection of talent from many of London's diverse cabaret and artistic scenes. From spooky and sweary Storytelling nights, experimental and eclectic DJ sets or to daytime Artist "Clinics" and workshops. Our upstairs Mosaic Bar holds an open door to local and independent talent searching for a stage for their craft in a central location, while outside of central London. Our Main Bar is a proud community space serving seasonal cocktails, a selection of keg and cask beer and fresh, homemade food.    Drink, eat and laugh to your heart's content.


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  • Written by Michael

    Rating: 5

    Been three times now and each time it's a great evening out and amazing material from all the comics. I would definitely recommend attending this and future events. The MC's interact greatly with the audience and the bar staff are very helpful and friendly.
  • Written by Osi

    Rating: 5


    Visited 1 year ago
    Loved the host and the different styles of comedians. Will defo be back again for another night. Everyone was really friendly to talk to after. Good space and friendly staff