A Couple of Swells – Vesta and Hetty


A Couple of Swells – Vesta and Hetty

The Walrus

10 Ship Street
Basement Room: MAY 5, 12 at 18:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can - Tickets from £5

A Couple of Swells – Vesta and Hetty

Vesta Tilley and Hetty King were international superstars who wowed audiences around the globe with their male impersonator acts around 100 years ago. In this show, Vesta and Hetty are brought to life again to tell their stories and to determine once and for all, which of them was Queen of the Drag Kings.

The show will include a number of classic music hall songs sung by Vesta and Hetty, including ‘Following in Father’s Footsteps’, ‘Burlington Bertie from Bow’, peppered with banter between the two stars and the audience. At the end of the show the audience will decide which woman wins.

This is the latest production from Lemon Squeeze, who brought the 4*, sell out show CRUNCH! to Brighton Fringe in 2022, and the multiple 5* show Three Women and Shakespeare's Will to Edinburgh Fringe in the same year. The actors playing Vesta and Hetty, Sarah Archer and Emma Hopkins, are seasoned fringe performers both in stand up and theatre.

If you love old time music hall, or you’re partial to a bit of 'drag' then this celebration of music, comedy and diversity will be right up your alley!

Ticket types this year are Paid, Pay What You Can and Free - this is how it works: Paid: The show is fully ticketed and you pay in advance or on the door; Pay What You Can: You can choose to buy a ticket in advanced to guarantee entry and what to pay over a minimum amount OR turn up at the venue to get in for free in any space that is left; Free: The show is free entry and can be ticketed or unticketed. Watch the show, and the performer will ask for donations at the end for those that would like to contribute.