Corsets and killer heels in burlesque extravaganza at Martlets Hall

Isabella Bliss
Isabella Bliss

Some of the biggest burlesque stars from around the world are set to star on the same stage when An Evening of Burlesque plays Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill, on Friday, December 4, at 7.30pm (tickets on 01444 242888 or freedom-leisure.co.uk).

Show producer Michael Taylor said: “An Evening of Burlesque unveils a brand-new, spectacular stage show for 2015, promising that Britain’s biggest burlesque production is going global for the new year.

“Among the array of international talent brought together for An Evening of Burlesque’s nationwide tour are the very best burlesque performers drawn from five continents of the world.

“And the themes run thick, fast and from equally far afield.

“The set list can include strutting Vegas showgirls in all their finery, a tutu-too funny take on Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet, going nuts on Brazil’s Copacabana beach, a Roaring (with laughter) ’20s tribute to America’s Great Gatsby and international intrigue thanks to a James Bond finale, featuring a giant martini glass glamorously garnished by a splashing Bond Girl.

“Already Britain’s biggest burlesque extravaganza – a quarter of a million people have now seen this show – An Evening of Burlesque has spent the past two years touring the rest of the world, revealing the secrets of the art of burlesque to delighted audiences.

“From Milan to Zurich, St Petersburg to Minsk, Leipzig to Verona, Dresden to Riga, Padova to Dessau the reaction has been the same,” says Michael, “absolutely incredible.”

While exposing the cream of the West End of London’s thriving burlesque scene to the world, the production has uncovered the best of burlesque that the world has to offer on its travels.

“Now it’s time to put all that uncovered talent together in a brand-new spectacular featuring a truly-international flavour. It’s all tease, no sleaze. The show combines musical and theatrical parody, cutting-edge variety, magic, comedy and dance with the art of striptease. The production promises corsets, killer heels and stockings aplenty – and that’s just the theatregoers who come to see the show!

“For a spectacle that sparkles from its elaborately-decorated headdresses to its immaculately-varnished toes,” says Michael, “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, theatre-goers revel in dressing up for the occasion.

“For over-18s only, it boasts its success is built on a combination of sultry vocals, breath-taking choreography, mischief, magic, frivolity and fun.”

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