With long blonde hair, slender tanned legs and a vast smile, Whelen Browne looks the part. She speaks directly to us, as Britney, telling her story. Songs are accompanied by just as piano and interspersed with anecdotes told with an upbeat Southern twang. The vocals are impressive, but it's the goofiness and playful caricature that make the cabaret so entertaining.
We know the narrative already: Britney Spears is the girl everyone wants a piece of, the victim of relentless paparazzi and the subject of near-academic long-form think pieces. And let's not forget the volume of top-ten hits she's churned out since 'Baby One More Time' in 1998.
The cabaret is a shrewd critique of the fame machine; you can see manufacturing, the exploitation, the manipulation and the seeds of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and all who dare to be in the spotlight. But you also get to spend an hour with a woman who's been to the top, right down to the very bottom - and survived.
|What||Britney Spears: The Cabaret, The Other Palace Theatre review|
|Where||The Other Palace Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Victoria (underground)|
05 Sep 17 – 09 Sep 17, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
|Price||£20 - £25|
|Website||Click here to book now|