Gin House Burlesque: The Roaring Twenties Revue at the Underbelly Festival 2017. Photo by Paul Monckton

Review: Gin House Burlesque (Underbelly Festival 2017)

London burlesque heavyweights Betsy Rose, Missy Fatale and Jolie Papillon have conjured immersive magic at The King’s Head members club with Gin House Burlesque, a heady evening of tease, tipples and prohibition chic. An adaptation – The Roaring Twenties Revue – has been brought to the Underbelly Spiegeltent to spice up the South Bank.   […]

Le Bouge Neon at Underbelly Festival 2017, by Jen Pearce.

Review: Le Bouge Neon (Underbelly Festival 2017)

Le Bouge Neon, a “disco drama” created by Moulin Rouge dancer Fallon Dee and comedian Chris Fitchew which claims to “celebrate women, art and tease”, is one of a pleasing number of burlesque and cabaret shows included at the Underbelly Festival this year, all taking place in the twinkling Spiegeltent. The success of the production’s […]

Review: Stars and Strippers - An All American Burlesque Revue (Underbelly Festival 2017)

Review: Stars and Strippers (Underbelly Festival 2017)

[wp-review id=”28184″] The Folly Mixtures put on quite a show last year in the London Wonderground Spiegeltent, performing to an adoring crowd of family, friends and fans. They, and the fanclub, are back this year at the newly renamed Underbelly Festival with their Stars and Strippers spectacular, celebrating all things American.   The opening is […]

The Cocoa Butter Club, by Biju Belinky

Sadie Sinner: Cocoa Butter Queen

“The Cocoa Butter Club gives a voice to The Other.  We exist to promote the fact that performers of colour are creating in a multitude of mediums, and whilst our cabaret may not always look the same, please consider how artists draw on their past, present and futures and create work which reflects this.” After […]

Hamish McCann in La Soiree in Leicester Square this Christmas, by Prudence Upton.

La Soiree Star Hamish McCann in Pole Position

One of La Soiree’s brightest, hottest and jaw-droppingly fabulous stars is boylesque acrobat Hamish McCann, and we spoke to him about his iconic, roof-raising pole routine, which you can catch in London for the next few weeks…

Review: Briefs returns to London Wonderground in 2016.

Review: Briefs (London Wonderground 2016)

Glory Pearl reviews Briefs at London Wonderground 2016.

Folly Mixtures Stars and Strippers burlesque at London Wonderground.

WATCH: Folly Mixtures bring Stars and Strippers to the Spiegeltent!

21st Century Burlesque fondly remembers watching Folly Mixtures-to-be Ooh La Lou and Liberty Sweet perform almost a decade ago at the Leicester Square Theatre alongside fellow London veterans Polly Rae, Laurie Hagen and Frisky and Mannish. How time flies! Five years ago, Lou led the creation of a burlesque supertroupe called The Folly Mixtures, and […]

Cirque Alfonse in BARBU at the London Wonderground Spiegeltent, by David Jensen

BARBU: Bombastic, Beardy Brilliance at London Wonderground 2016 (PHOTOS)

[wp-review id=”26829″] BARBU, performed by quirky Quebec circus troupe Cirque Alfonse, is a sexy explosion of bombastic, beardy brilliance at London Wonderground 2016. Limber, lusty lumberjacks, mystical mayhem, folklore and live folk music make for a beguiling, hilarious and uplifting spectacle which can be enjoyed in the twinkling South Bank Spiegeltent until September 25th. We […]

Aurora Galore. ©Tigz Rice

Review: Aurora Galore – Glamorous Weirdo (London Wonderground 2016)

Aurora Galore: Glamorous Weirdo is pitched as ‘performance art, avant-garde circus and theatrical annihilation’, but in truth it is none of those things. And it is interesting that Aurora Galore does not describe herself as a burlesque artist – what she is most known for – despite mentioning her rankings in 21st Century Burlesque Magazine’s […]

Missy Fatale, Betsy Rose and Jolie Papillon at Gin House Burlesque. Photo by Chris Baker

Gin House Burlesque: Stripping with a Swing

21st Century Burlesque Magazine thoroughly enjoyed Gin House Burlesque at The King’s Head – a spectacular, hidden jewel box in East London, commandeered by sparkling showgirls and a swarm of stylish revellers. Ivy Wilde discusses the superbly executed concept with co-creators Betsy Rose, Missy Fatale and Jolie Papillon.     When did the idea for […]

London Burlesque: Polly Rae by Ayesha H

London Burlesque is Getting Even Sexier and Here’s Why

Jennifer Taylor explains how a new taste for tease has shaped the face of London burlesque… Things are getting raunchier in London’s burlesque scene. A new sexual revolution has helped fuel the mainstream popularity of burlesque, once considered alternative entertainment – audiences now are sassier and more sexed-up, thanks to a glut of naked flesh […]