facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
Are you missing theatre as much as we are? Support us now with Theatre Tokens and see your favourite shows when they reopen. #IMissTheatre

The Icons In London

First Published 17 April 2008, Last Updated 22 April 2008

He enjoys dressing as Elvis, he can sing as Johnny Cash and Tina Turner and he hears voices in his head, including that of Kermit the Frog. Greg London is not your average West End star (or maybe he is). Last night the American corporate entertainer and Las Vegas showman made his West End debut at The Venue, where the lively crowd was only too happy to join in with his renditions of American Pie and Mandy. Caroline Bishop sang quietly…

The Icons In London: it’s a clever pun that. Not only is Greg London doing impressions of ‘icons’ (for that read an eclectic list including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Louis Armstrong, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow) in the capital city that is London, he is also telling the story of his life as an entertainer and how the voices of these ‘icons’ occupied his head (in London, geddit?) and told him to make a living singing as an impressionist.

So backed by his band, which, he tells us, accompanied him on over a hundred corporate shows for well-known burger companies, and three backing singers, London entertains us with a playlist of tunes which he sings in the voices of the artists – from It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones to Suspicious Minds by Elvis, through Walk The Line by Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond’s Love On The Rocks, with Barry White, the Bee Gees and Billy Joel along the way. The show also sees him doing impressions of made-up characters like Kermit the Frog (who sounds uncannily like Sammy Davis Jr) and Austin Powers. Robbie Williams’s Angels is thrown in for good measure, just because London likes it.

The crowd at The Venue – which is quickly establishing itself as a theatre for 20 and 30-somethings – was only too pleased to laugh along with London’s good-natured jokes, including the obligatory jibe at Cliff Richard, and join in with the tunes, some more enthusiastically than others. The trio of backing singers provided a couple of rest-stops for London as they shimmied their way through a Temptations medley and a Britney Spears/Doris Day combo.

The singer rounded off the evening with a couple of numbers from the ultimate icon, Elvis Presley, sending the audience home feeling all warm and fuzzy.

The Icons In London is running at The Venue until 24 February.

CB

Share

Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.