Nicky Gayner is a London based, International cabaret singer and actor. In London she has performed at classic venues such as The Pheasantry and The Crazy Coqs. In August 2014 Nicky took her fist solo show ‘Nicky Gayner’s Empty Nest’to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it played to packed houses.
She spent two summers studying jazz in France with BBC Award winner Anita Wardell and is an alumni of the renowned Cabaret Conference at Yale and Paul L Martin’s, The Singer’s Cabaret Workshop, London. Nicky has also been the Associate Artist for Cabaret at Wilton’s Music Hall and has been a Patron of the London Festival of Cabaret.
In 2014 Nicky had a sold out residency at the Pheasantry in London and performed ‘Empty Nest’ at the Metropolitan Room, New York. In 2015 she went on tour in both Zimbabwe and Norway.
In 2016 her new show ‘Hooray For Love’ made its debut at Wilton’s Music Hall. Nicky then took it up to do 20 performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, before bringing the show back to London for an autumn season at The Pheasantry and again in the Spring of 2017. She also took 'Hooray For Love' to the Maldives in 2017.
Nicky's latest show 'Unashamedly Christmas' made it's debut in December 2018. Sold out shows at The Pheasantry and at WIlton's Music Hall got everyone into the Christmas mood. In December 2019 it again had sold out shows at The Pheasantry, the Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel. and Wilton's Music Hall and it is coming back for Christmas 2021 at The Pheasantry.
In 2019/2020 Nicky studied the Meisner technique with Scott Williams at the Impulse Company. During lockdown she has done an Audio book course, several accent workshops and Manuel Puro’s 21 Day Self Tape Challenge. She has recently been in two short films, which await release. Nicky is looking to branch out into different acting opportunities and will be back next year with a new show.
WHAT THEY SAY...
TESTIMONIALS FROM UNASHAMEDLY CHRISTMAS
" ....a classy, warmhearted Christmas cracker of show, designed to melt the stoniest of hearts. It features glorious inventive arrangements by MD Tom Foskett-Barnes of both well-loved classics and unfamiliar treasures. These are beautifully performed by Gayner and her superb trio.
Unashamedly Christmas avoids the twin perils of cynicism and saccharine to create an authentic celebration of the many facets of the holiday, which should ensure its widespread appeal and ongoing presence in the Christmas calendar".
TESTIMONIALS FROM HOORAY FOR LOVE
“A beautifully put together intimate cabaret. A warm, mellow reflective cabaret about love & heartache. Hooray for Nicky Gayner!”
Mark Shenton, THE STAGE
“A terrific show. Really intelligent songs, thoughtfully put together with massive heart and charm and yet a very light touch. The show takes you on her search for love and every song provoked memories of my own funny romantic disasters. She has a lovely voice and I have no hesitation in recommending it hugely.”
Dillie Keane of FASCINATING AÏDA
"A distinctive, witty, polished and beautifully structured show. Gayner shows her gift for story telling that is highly specific and personal, but nevertheless connects us to experiences that we can all share. Gayner is a striking presence on stage. Hooray for Love is a delightful cabaret, which showcases Nicky Gayner’s range and confidence as a performer and her willingness to share herself with an audience in a way that is funny, touching and truthful."
TESTIMONIALS FROM EMPTY NEST
"Nicky Gayner’s cabaret, Empty Nest is a joy! A totally original idea, beautifully performed
by a beautiful woman. I loved it"
"Your show is really special. Funny, and touching, and inspiring"
She can sing, perfectly in tune and with pleasing nuances, from soft and sultry to country twangy and show tune belt-y. She is fetching and her natural charm comes across in song as well as in her autobiographical anecdotes of motherhood (the mundane, the funny, and the tear-jerker). An audience-friendly, solid, heart-warming and entertaining evening of well delivered songs and stories.