The Black Cap

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The Black Cap is a gay pub in Camden Town, London known for its drag cabaret.


The pub was initially called the Mother Black Cap after a local legend concerning a witch,

In the late 20th century it became known for its drag queen cabaret, Drag acts such as Danny La Rue, and Hinge and Bracket started their careers at the pub.

A notable regular performer at The Black Cap, was Rex Jameson's drag persona Mrs Shufflewick. A performance was recorded there in 1972. Rex Jameson was a variety artist who hit the big time in the fifties and sixties and went on to attract cult audiences in the seventies. The character Mrs Shufflewick was celebrated by artists such as Danny La Rue, Roy Hudd, Bob Monkhouse, Barry Cryer and Barry Humphries.Mrs Shufflewick appeared weekly for Sunday Lunch The Black Cap during the seventies. A Hammond organ and drum kit took pride of place on a tiny stage upon which Mrs Shufflewick appeared for two shows. Sunday crowds were huge...
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