The Slipper Room
Ah, for the good old days of variety shows; the chance to see performers of all stripes cutting their teeth on the stage and entertaining the masses. Producer and performer James Habacker obviously had the same thought when he opened The Slipper Room back in 1999. Today, it’s a palace, a temple to variety. You never know what you might see from week to week: there might be an aerialist, a burlesque dancer, or a band; a touring company putting on a play; a kabuki dance troupe; a night of stand-up comedy.
It’s a glorious mix of performances and audience experiences. When The Slipper Room got started, it was Habacker’s friends that filled some of the nightly slots, dressed to the nines and more than a little sauced. Today, acts vy for the opportunity to tread the boards in the lauded performance space.
Shades of crimson characterise The Slipper Room, from the heavy velvet drapes that frame the stage to the upholstered chairs dotted about the audience, both in the main room and the balcony above. But it’s not huge – it’s cosy and dark, all wood panelling and the flicker of candlelight – and seating is first come, first served. So best policy: don’t be late. You won’t want to miss a minute.