Review: Cabaret des Distractions (Cafe de Paris)

Review: Cabaret des Distractions (Cafe de Paris)

In Cabaret des Distractions, the new resident Friday night production at the delightful Cafe de Paris, a pair of lovers, played by Ali Temple and Klodi Dabkiewicz, are cast into a hellish labyrinth and encounter a series of mythological characters sent to challenge, seduce, and test the strength of their love. You are invited to […]

Review: Another F*cking Variety Show (London Wonderground 2014)

Review: Another F*cking Variety Show (London Wonderground 2014)

Last Friday, with just over a week left of the outstanding London Wonderground 2014 season, feisty songbird Lili La Scala brought Another Fucking Variety Show, fresh from a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, to the South Bank Spiegeltent for the first of two dates. Boasting an enviable lineup of first-rate entertainers delivering song, striptease, circus […]

Review: Pandora's Box (Hippodrome Casino, London)

Review: Pandora’s Box (Hippodrome Casino, London)

Back from a run in Las Vegas, Pandora’s Box is described as ‘an innovative, enchanting display of high class entertainment’ and a dance-focused, erotic revue designed for observation rather than interaction. In reality, this journey through myth and legend is an amateurish, confused affair in need of considerable development. While sensual storytelling is supposedly at […]

Review: Between the Sheets (London Wonderground 2014)

Review: Between the Sheets (London Wonderground 2014)

Earlier this month, purring burlesque popstress Miss Polly Rae brought established London favourite Between the Sheets, usually in residence at the Hippodrome Casino’s intimate Matcham Room, to London Wonderground 2014 for two naughty nights of song and striptease. Expanded for the decidedly larger Spiegeltent space and refreshed with sizzling new numbers, the show was typically […]

Boom and Bang Circus at the Roundhouse, Camden.

In Pictures: Boom and Bang Circus at The Roundhouse (Ft. Kitty Bang Bang)

On Friday, August 15th, Kitty Bang Bang and partner Bioux Lee Hayes brought the mischief and mayhem of Boom and Bang Circus to The Roundhouse in Camden (London, UK), which took them from their residency in the intimate cabaret lounge at the Hippodrome Casino to a significantly larger playground for one spectacular night. Playing to […]

Review: Cirque du Cabaret (London Wonderground 2014)

Review: Cirque du Cabaret (London Wonderground 2014)

Cirque du Cabaret returned to the London Wonderground Spiegeltent for a third year last week and welcomed a packed house of Pimms-soaked revellers. Champagne Charlie was a highly successful and effervescent host who, after a slightly nervous start, struck the perfect balance between grandiloquent ringmaster and louche mischief-maker. Each half began with a number from […]

INTERVIEW: Midnite Martini, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2014

INTERVIEW: Midnite Martini, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2014

Midnite Martini’s recent victory at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend has been praised and celebrated as a refreshing, encouraging, delightful surprise, and those of you who read her pre-pageant interview will know that we almost didn’t get to see her stunning winning act.  Everything fell into place for this undoubtedly innovative and passionate artist […]

INTERVIEW: Angie Pontani

INTERVIEW: Angie Pontani

When I planned my schedule for the New York Burlesque Festival 2013, one of the first priorities was to arrange my first proper conversation with festival co-producer and Miss Exotic World 2008, Angie Pontani. We certainly made up for lost time with a long and interesting discussion, an updated edit of which I present to […]

REVIEW: House of Burlesque (London Wonderground 2014)

REVIEW: House of Burlesque (London Wonderground 2014)

House of Burlesque has returned to London Wonderground’s evocative, twinkling Spiegeltent for a third year with a new production playing a string of dates in August and September. It’s a high-energy, well paced and enjoyable show, boasting a high quality line-up of accomplished soloists, but is let down by the standard of in-house costume and […]

Interview: Joyce Tang, BHoF Weekend Executive Producer (BHoF 2014)

Interview: Joyce Tang, BHoF Weekend Executive Producer (BHoF 2014)

With only a few days to go until the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2014, I am pleased to present an interview with Executive Producer Joyce Tang. Joyce plays a vital and demanding role in making each Weekender run smoothly and ensuring the historic event’s survival, and I was keen to find out more about […]

Burlesque at London Wonderground 2014 (Part Two)

Burlesque at London Wonderground 2014 (Part Two)

London Wonderground is set to spice up the Southbank for a third year this summer, with an extensive and varied programme of events covering cabaret, comedy, music, circus, and burlesque.  I heartily recommend multiple visits to Wonderground; you can enjoy a cool drink in the gardens with lanterns dancing above you in the trees, browse […]