Xaviera Hollander has been producing theatre productions for 10 years. Xaviera Hollander, the most famous madame of ‘the world's oldest profession,' author, Penthouse columnist, legend, performer, raconteur is also a theatrical entrepreneur.
Over the past years she has produced a wide range of theatre productions in The Netherlands and in Spain. Xaviera has just finished producing: Richard Fry with Smiler and The Ballad of the unbeatble hearts in her Spanish Home theatre early October; and in Amsterdam and the Hague by mid November 2012.
Xaviera Hollander is temporarily taking a break from producing theater shows. Instead, she offers her own home entertainment by inviting groups of up to 12 people to come and "dine and wine in her Amsterdam Happy House", in combination with her famous workshops. Here she will, after a nice meal, cooked by her adorable husband Philip, teach you THE ART OF LOVEMAKING, or in short" the DO's and DON'ts of sex." These lessons are based on her yearlong experience as a sex advisor ih her monthly column CALL ME MADAM for Penthouse Magazine and her book "the Happy Hooker's Guide to Sex: 69 orgasmic ways to pleasure a woman.
THE BALLAD OF THE UNBEATABLE HEARTS and SMILER
Xaviera Hollander presents two great new one man plays written and performed by Richard Fry: SMILER - A SPASTICATED LOVE STORY based on his own experience with a young man who became paralyzed from the neck down after a massive drunken hit and go driver accident almost killed him.
Then there is a haunting story THE BALLAD OF THE UNBEATABLE HEARTS also based on some of his own experiences about the high amount of suicides amongst teenagers as a result of being bullied once they had come out of the closet that they were gay. Read more >>
One woman show: Stripped, starring Hannah Chalmers
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the dark, deceiving world of the Strip Club? STRIPPED reveals all in this wickedly funny, achingly honest and beautifully shrewd one woman show. Based on shockingly real characters and exploits from Hannah's pole dancing days.This show will make you laugh, cry, cringe and be touched (but that may cost extra!), as boundaries are pushed, rules broken, relationships abused and dignity tested, as the men pursue sex and the women compete for money in this gender struggle for power read more >>
Chansons, american standards & Jazz by Micheline and Frank
In the first show 'Brel & Piaf', Micheline sings: La vie en rose, Milord, Padam en La foule, alongside her favorite Jacques Brel songs: Bruxelles, The Old Folks, Amsterdam, and the lovely Marieke.Accompanying Micheline is the fabulous guitar player Frank de Kleer - a multi talented and a super witty artist.
The second program is an evening filled with American standards: 'It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing.' Micheline lived for ten years in Manhattan and was inspired by Cole Porter, Gershwin and Charlie Chaplin. She makes a mélange of their repertoire with songs from: The Singing Detective: Don't Fence Me In, The Man I Love, Teddy Bear's Picnic, Accentuate the Positive and Smile. She will take you to smoky bars and jazzy nightclubs, tell stories about the writer, the singer or the song and bring back memories of the 30s and 40s. Frank de Kleer will also accompany Micheline on guitar in this show. Information >>
Theatre: Westerbork Serenade by David Natale
American actor and playwrighter, David Natale brings home a seldom-remembered story of the Holocaust in Holland with his award winning oneman show: The Westerbork Serenade. The camp commandant's pet project was a weekly cabaret show at Westerbork. It featured top Jewish entertainers from Germany and Holland. Mr. Natale seamlessly portrays more than 15 characters; including German director, Max Ehrlich, actress Camilla Spira, Commandant Gemmeker and the beloved Dutch singing duo, Johnny and Jones. Read more>>
HEY GRINGO & SEX WITH PETE, TWO SHOWS BY PETER SEARLES
He bought a ticket, jumped on a plane and set off. No Rough Guide in the world could have prepared him for the consequence... From the moment his plane lands in Caracas (without his luggage) we're on a roller-coaster ride down unexplored tributaries of the Amazon. Read more >>
Tallulah and the boy
If time travel were possible, Xaviera would reach back to the early part of the last century and bring you Tallulah Bankhead- the Legend. And what a legend she was! Brash, ribald, outrageous, outspoken and an exhibitionist, she was also known for her generosity toward her friends and kindness to animals and children. She was a party favorite for outlandish stunts such as doing cartwheels in a skirt with no underwear or entering a soiré stark naked. Read more >>
Sholom-Aleichem - Now You're Talking by Saul Reichlin
A unique one- man dramatisation of the poignant, hilarious, classic stories from the creator of the beloved Fiddler on the Roof. For the festive season, life affirming and timeless, this superb presentation is abundant in the wisdom and humour of the shtetl.
In his celebrated telling of these funny, touching, forever optimistic tales of yesterday, Saul entices us back to what one critic referred to as a ‘lost world of poverty, foolishness, misfortune, and the love of life’. Read more >>
A fabulous musical cabaret evening with Fifi l'Amour and Rodolfo Ravissant. This charming, brilliant and uproariously funny duo has worked 14 years together presenting cabaret throughout Europe, Britain and Australia.Their enormous repertoire covers English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Eastern European music. Fifi, la chanteuse, explores the gamut of human emotions covering the tragic to the hilarious- and she directly engages the audience with her enthusiasm and colorful costumes. Read more >>
IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING is an autobiographical solo play that takes the audience on a scenic tour of Bowers life and career, from growing up gay to outrageous survival jobs to the whirlwind of working on Broadway. In addition to the journey of becoming an artist, IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING chronicles the experience of surviving the Aids crisis in New York City and the silence that existed within his experience of caring for and losing his partner to Aids.Read more>>
Micheline Van Hautem and Frederik Caelen
Xaviera Hollander presents:
Micheline Van Hautem - Songs of Jacques Brel and Madame
FEATURING FREDERIK CAELEN ON PIANO AND ACCORDION
Belgian singer Micheline Van Hautem performs the songs of her fellow countryman; the extraordinary Jacques Brel. Van Hautem's interpretations of Brel’s dense, complex lyrics and stunning melodies keep the essence of the originals; elegiac angry, funny, heartrendingly beautiful songs. The second part of the show is a salute to the women that have inspired her: from Edith Piaf and Marlène Dietrich to Sara Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Etta James and Julie London.
The incredible talented Mohican-headed accordionist/pianist , Frederik Caelen, is more partner than accompanist, deepening the tantalizing moods. He seems able to anticipate her every change of direction and inflection.
‘Micheline Van Hautem's interpretation of the mesmerizing songs of Jacques Brel is pure dynamite She doesn't so much sing them as inhabit them, exploring their complex passions, giving them, in her words ' the mother and father of blood transfusions.'
Singing in French and English, often within the same song (and the translations make perfect poetry) from the first pearl, the devilish rhetorical ‘Ça va?’ to ‘If You Go Away’ is even more of a balance between devastation and sexual promise and ‘La Valse A Mille Temps,’ getting dizzier and dizzier with every chorus, is now in danger of spinning off into orbit. Van Hautem shows just why Brel's songs have had seminal influence on singer songwriters the world over she offered an astonishing version of ‘Au suivant’, becoming both soldier and prostitute.
The aggressive edge that she brings to ‘Ne me quitte pas’, first made famous by Edith Piaf, has you covered in gooseflesh, a knot in your throat, as she re-enforces the desperation of the line 'don't go away' by suddenly throwing out her right arm, her finger pointed as if a pistol ready to shoot
The aggressive edge that she brings to Ne me quitte pas, first made famous by Edith Piaf, has you covered in gooseflesh, a knot in your throat, as she re-enforces the desperation of the line 'don't go away' by suddenly throwing out her right arm, her finger pointed as if a pistol ready to shoot A real tour de force, not to be missed.
'This is a perfect show.’
‘Micheline Van Hautem is in a different league. She is, simply, fabulous. And Frederik Caelen, worth the price of admission on his own.’
Xaviera Hollander presents:
by Alan Ayckbourn the Queens English Theatre Company
Bedroom Farce is set in the three bedrooms of three very different couples. The first couple, married for more than 30 years sets out for a romantic anniversary dinner but ends up eating sardines on toast in bed. The second is planning a housewarming – if they can keep their hands off each other. The third couple, though secure in their relationship, bicker with each other because one of them has a bad back and doesn’t want his partner to meet up at the party with an ex boyfriend.
However, a fourth couple arrives at the party in a state of some confusion over their own relationship. An ex offers one of them advice but soon is offering rather more - putting a premature end to the festivities. Hysterical situations ensue as the friends try to mend their differences and the distraught couple seek solace in one or other of the three bedrooms. This brand new interpretation by the Queens English Theatre Company puts a sexy and contemporary veneer on the hilarious script, skilfully crafted by the English master of comedy - Alan Ayckbourn.
His plays have kept audiences laughing in the West End for more than 3 decades. Add QETC’s slick direction, lightning pace and outrageous style to the menu and you are guaranteed your own night out to remember! QETC’s January show Habeas Corpus played to packed houses and had audiences on their feet begging for more – don’t miss this one, book now! Here are just a few of the audiences’ comments.
The critics about Bedroom Farce
“I couldn’t stop laughing!”
“I don’t remember when I have enjoyed an evening so much.”
“I thought it was brilliant, just brilliant.”