Armitage Shanks hosting the Movers, Shakers and Innovators showcase at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016. Copyright: John-Paul Bichard for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine

A Statement from Armitage Shanks Regarding ‘Rape Joke’ Made at BHoF Showcase (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016)

On Thursday night at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, emcees Dusty Limits and Armitage Shanks made remarks which were widely questioned and condemned by attendees and the wider community (read the full report here). Dusty Limits asked 21st Century Burlesque Magazine to publish a statement from him addressing a ‘rape joke’ made at the […]

Anger and Upset After Rape Joke at BHoF Party. (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016)

Anger and Upset After Rape Joke at BHoF Party. (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016)

Attendees at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016 were left stunned and angry after a ‘rape joke’ was made by the emcee of the Thursday night after party. Sublime Boudoir are hosting all of the BHoF after parties this year and are famed for their extravagant, exquisitely detailed decor and immersive events. We understand […]

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 […]

London Cabaret Awards: Polly Rae and Bettsie Bon Bon Shine at Annual Ceremony

London Cabaret Awards: Polly Rae and Bettsie Bon Bon Shine at Ceremony

On Monday a bejewelled, flamboyant horde of stars from the London cabaret scene invaded the luxurious Cafe de Paris for a night of awards, roasts, song and striptease. Miss Polly Rae saw off fellow shortlisted nominees The Folly Mixtures and BRIEFS to win ‘Best Burlesque’. For some time now she has set a excellent example […]

Review: Cabaret at Scarfes Bar (Rosewood Hotel)

Review: Cabaret at Scarfes Bar (Rosewood London)

As the long, lazy summer days turn into dark, drizzly nights, Rosewood London invites you to spend an evening in the warm amber glow of Scarfes Bar and indulge in top drawer food, drink, and entertainment from some of London’s finest cabaret stars. You enter what could be the grand library of a sleepy country […]

Review: Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School (London Wonderground 2014)

Review: Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School (London Wonderground 2014)

Pinup model, burlesque performer and artist Miss Miranda shares her experience of Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at London Wonderground 2014. I was delighted to receive a last minute invitation to attend Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at London Wonderground – I’m rather ashamed to admit that I have never been before! On my recent travels around […]

Review: Black Cat Cabaret, London Wonderground

REVIEW: The Black Cat Cabaret (London Wonderground 2014)

Black Cat Cabaret at London Wonderground reviewed by Miss Glory Pearl. After a successful run at Café de Paris and scooping the 2014 London Cabaret Awards ‘Best Production’ prize, Black Cat Cabaret crosses the river to the Wonderground Spiegeltent, promising a ‘uniquely theatrical cabaret spectacular’. The cast’s heritage is impeccable, featuring a generous dose of […]

Laurie Hagen (Part Two.)

Interview: Laurie Hagen (Part Two.)

Read Laurie Hagen Part One… The fascinating Laurie Hagen interview continues. At the end of Part One, we were discussing her early career… Laurie Hagen: I danced in musicals for a few years and I ended up dancing in Beauty and the Beast in the West End as one of the original cast members, which […]