‘What more could you want from an all round-entertainer?’ The Glasgow Herald
It was Shirley Bassey that gave Lenny Beige his big break in the business 30 years ago at the Frinton Wintergardens. However, it is really only in the past few years that he has become something of a household name beyond his beloved East Anglian Riviera.
His now famous club The Regency Rooms in London’s West End began life in 1994 and sold out every one of its 10 seasons attracting ‘a well heeled and beautiful clientele’ (Sunday Times).
Beige became a big cult hit and started appearing regularly on Channel 5’s Night Fever and TV chat-shows. Over the five years of The Regency Rooms life Lenny built up a huge following, especially with celebrity clientele many of whom have performed alongside him; Robbie Williams, All Saints, Jamie Theakston, Gail Porter, Davina McCall, Leo Sayer, Lionel Blair, Terry Wogan, Tony Hadley, Adam Ant, Martin Fry, to name but a small fraction. Some of those who did comic turns were Matt Lucas and David Walliams, Sacha Baron Cohen, Armstrong and Miller, John Thomson and many many more.
In 1997 he began the first of his one-man shows ‘One Man and His Talent’ which has sold out at the Edinburgh Festival and has toured the UK as well as a season at The Criterion Theatre in the West End.
He also hosted and wrote two series of Lenny Beige’s Variety Pack for the BBC which saw special guest acts that included Terry Wogan, Davina McCall, Tony Hadley and Chas n Dave.
After a tax investigation Beige fled to South East Asia but after 8 years in exile he returned to present a brand new show Once In A Lifetime at the Pigalle in London’s West End that sold out and garnered 5 star reviews. For over two years he hosted a monthly night of cabaret at The Pigalle Club, at the invitation of the owner, VInce Power. Beige was back and as the London magazine Time Out wrote :
‘Beige is in a league of his own. Feel the magic, kiss the sky, Beige is Back.’
Phill Jupitus – a star guest – said of Beige – ‘he is the greatest entertainer working in the country today!’
At the start of 2013 Beige was invited to host a weekly night at Baroque at The Playboy Club where he introduced a variety of acts, many of them friends, and teamed up with house band The Greg Foat Group presenting Lenny Beige’s Little Black Book Club for over a year.
In the summer of 2014 Lenny and his brother Sammy hosted a very special one off event celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their now legendary Regency Rooms Club that started its life at a small bar off Regent Street. Every year they plan to stage both a summer Anniversary Show and a Christmas Beige show.
He also regularly performs his tribute to Anthony Newley show with his jazz trio. Quotes for the show :
‘Patter is as sharply funny as his toupee is smooth, his dancing as offbeat as his band is note-perfect. Go show Beige some love.’
London Lite (5 Stars)
‘He has a brilliantly evocative way with words, creating metaphors that sparkle, images that endure and crafted gags guaranteed to raise a laugh’ Bruce Dessau Evening Standard (4 Stars)
‘Lenny Beige makes love to the Newley memory in his fabulous parody of Newley in his Vegas hey- day. Theres is nobody I would rather see turn a comedy hand to the Newley genius’
Tara Newley (Anthony’s daughter)
‘Dynamite!! An exhilarating resurrection of Britain’s one man rat pack. Lenny Beige stops the world and Newley gets back on.’
‘His energy levels are huge, his timing is masterful, he sings, dances, plays the violin and guitar and works harder than any other comic you’ll see.’ Sunday Times
‘Lenny Beige is a hyper-confident delight…..what more
‘He is also a wordsmith of some talent, firing off rapid one-liners that make your eyes boggle at their left-field vision. He demands the audiences attention and deservedly gets it.’ The Scotsman
‘Shiny as polished gold’ The List
‘Lenny Beige is the new Tarby. If Tarby could sing, and was funny that is.’ Esquire Magazine
‘Roll over Alan Partridge and tell Mike Flowers the news. A new star has risen in the West End.’ The Evening Standard’
‘The future’s bright, the future’s Beige’ Time Out ‘97
‘A walking showcase of multi-talent.’ Time Out ‘98
‘Never in comedy has such a talent been the best friend to so many stars’ Front Magazine
‘The foremost light entertainer in London.’ ES Magazine
‘You won’t enjoy a better night out’ The Sun
‘This show is hilarious’ The Observer