Burlesque back

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Burlesque is heading back to Blackpool Grand Theatre.

The new West End production of An Evening of Burlesque claims to be “tantalising yet tasteful, camp and colourful, recreating the tradition of Burlesque, giving it a modern-day twist”.

Burlesque is currently back in fashion – the film Burlesque starring Christina Aguilera and Cher was a cult success, following on from the success of Baz Lurhmann’s Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.

While other evenings have been staged at various Balckpool venues, An Evening of Burlesque’s producer Michael Taylor says: “This is the only theatre show bringing this intriguing art form with its long, thrilling tradition to UK theatres with a national tour.

“The show brings variety back to the theatre, combining musical and theatrical parody with the art of striptease, magic, comedy and dance. The stars of the show have been playing to full houses regularly in London’s West End and we thought it was time the rest of the UK joined in the fun.”

An Evening of Burlesque is compered by Kiki Kaboom and includes performances by Miss Hotcake Kitty, Amber Topaz, Chrys Columbine, Miss Slinky Sparkles (inset), Ginger Blush and The Kalki Hula Girl. With magic, music and song. The show is for over-18s only. The history of burlesque dates back to the origins of British theatre. In the 17th century it was a popular form of musical and theatrical parody. The burlesque enjoyed today has its origins in 1890s Paris and the rise of the Moulin Rouge.

“Combining comedy, magic and vocal harmony with couture costumes, breathtaking choreography and a fabulous score An Evening of Burlesque playfully takes audiences from its music hall roots to the present day in the ultimate tease,” says Michael Taylor.

“The show brings variety back to the theatre, combining comedy, magic and vocals with couture costumes, fresh choreography and a fabulous score,” says show producer Michael Taylor.