Theatre review: An amusing satirical look at the life and troubled times of pop diva Britney Spears

Britney Spears: The Cabaret

By Peter May



If you can’t make it to Las Vegas to see the real Britney Spears in her element, this hilarious parody of her might just be the next best thing. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so comic star of Australian stage and screen, Christie Whelan Browne’s take on her is guaranteed to make you giggle, even if you are the real Britney.

One wonders if she is familiar with Christies act and what she thinks of her portrayal. Remember ten years ago when Britney shaved her head, attacked paparazzi with umbrellas and generally went off the rails? Well, this show comes across as if that Britney was still around today, performing her songs in the midst of a meltdown in the public eye.

It may sound like a bit of facetious show but it is generally meant with good-natured ribbing. Christie’s comic timing is superb and she has Britney’s Louisiana twang down pat. Her songs are peppered with vocal mannerisms but most exaggerated with great comic effect. The cabaret is a satirical look at the highs and lows, which come along with fame. In between songs, Britney speaks to the audience about stories, which include memories from her personal and professional life, her feuding with Christina Aguilera and her ex husbands are a source of great material here.

Throughout the 70-minute show, without an interval, the whole act flows well with no lulls at all, which as the standing ovation at the end is a true testament to the excellent talents of Christie. Hopefully London will see more of her – and soon.

Until Saturday, The Other Palace, Victoria, London