Jonny Wooster (Jonny Woo) is one of London’s leading figures in cabaret and alternative variety confirmed by his new ‘Un-Royal Variety’, which raised the roof of a packed house at The Hackney Empire, November 2016, and came back with huge success in 2018. As well as curating and directing a bill of top London talent he premiered an excerpt of ‘Brexit, The Musical’, which he wrote with Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer, The Opera). This culminated in Jonny Woo's All-Star Brexit Cabaret being performed at Edinburgh Fringe and at the London Coliseum in late 2018.
June 2020 saw Jonny host The Big Eurovision Song Contest Quiz, co-created by Attitude and Netflix. The show is part of the Attitude Pride at Home digital festival, in line with the new Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: the Story of Fire Saga.
Jonny has created large scale shows and solo work since 2003 with residencies at The Soho Theatre and ICA and commissions for one off events with The National Theatre and The Royal Opera House. Most recently he created and toured his East London Lecture, a verbatim show about gentrification. Other work incorporates spoken word and storytelling, usually with Woo decked out in his finest drag regalia for which he is best known.
Jonny is at the heart of London’s counter culture and draws upon his vast network of performers to create spectacles at major festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and Lovebox. His pub The Glory has become the focal point of London’s queer cultural underground and as such he is a go to spokesman for commentary on off beat culture (BBC4 How To Be Bohemian). Jonny has recently created an arthouse gender-queer lockdown series, Glory TV , for his LGBTQ+ venue in East London.
Jonny Woo is a true polymath and chameleon, having acted in productions of Suddenly Last Summer (Mrs Venables) and a solo performance of The Tell Tale Heart, as well as channeling Lou Reed in his theatrical interpretation of Reed’s album ‘Transformer’.