Flushed with success and now entering its fourth fabulous year, the world’s original touring burlesque event is about to hit town.
Officially Britain’s biggest burlesque extravaganza – a quarter of a million people have now seen this show – An Evening of Burlesque is responsible for exposing the cream of the West End of London’s thriving burlesque scene to the world.
The show heads back to The Capitol, Horsham, this year on Friday, October 3 (8pm).
Not only has the ever-so-cheeky production revealed the secrets of the art of burlesque to delighted audiences across the UK, it has also thrilled theatregoers at the swishest venues throughout Europe as well.
From Milan to Zurich, St Petersburg to Minsk, Leipzig to Verona, Dresden to Riga, Padova to Dessau the reaction has been the same – absolutely incredible, says show producer Michael Taylor.
“Nothing is lost in translation,” says Michael. “An Evening of Burlesque’s content – sparkling glamour, physical humour and a dynamic score – are appreciated in any language.”
An Evening of Burlesque features corsets, killer heels and stockings aplenty – and that’s just the theatregoers who come to see the show...
Michael explains: “For a spectacle that sparkles from its elaborately-decorated headdresses to its immaculately varnished toes, it might not come as a complete surprise that audiences are predominantly female.
“Also, we’re pleased to report that, with a prize for the best-dressed member of the audience, theatregoers revel in dressing up for the occasion.”
For over-18s only, the show’s success is built on a combination of sultry vocals, breathtaking choreography, mischief, magic, frivolity and fun.
“It’s all tease, no sleaze,” says Michael. “The show combines musical and theatrical parody, cutting-edge variety, magic, comedy and dance with the art of striptease.”
An Evening of Burlesque can star the following burlesque all-star performers:
l Amber Topaz – the Yorkshire Tease, the leading lady. Her powerful vocals and an uncompromising stage persona are the epitome of burlesque.
l The Folly Mixtures – a burlesque quartet choreographed to thrill, featuring a tasty assortment of lip-smacking themed routines that have thrilled fans throughout the UK and Europe.
l Tempest Rose – compere, singer and a true star of the international burlesque scene, Tempest is a regular face on national TV and has performed from Las Vegas to Rome and all points in between.
l Miss Ooh La Lou – described as Police Academy dream babe, a bit Britney, a bit Goldie Hawn. Trained at Italia Conti, she has appeared in numerous West End musicals.
l Miss Felixy Splits – another product of Italia Conti, the all-singing, all-dancing performer is the ultimate cheesecake pin-up.
l Bettsie Bon Bon – described as akin to the star of an MGM movie classic, trained in street dance, she’s sauce, tease and glamour personified.
l Liberty Sweet – sensuous and graceful, a nimble vamp, trained at the Royal Academy of Dance, comes with her own sparkle-encrusted swing. A star of the Edinburgh Festival and ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show!
l Christian Lee – winner of BBC1’s The Slammer. Described as a modern-day Tommy Cooper, Christian has appeared at 10 Downing Street and entertained the likes of Prince Charles, Tom Cruise, and Kate Beckinsale plus Patsy Kensit and Noel Gallagher
Tickets cost £22 (concessions £20).
Buy 10 get one free. Call the box office on 01403 750220 or click here