The Hurly Burly Show July 2012
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The Hurly Burly Show Review Duchess Theatre

Burlesque has been performed since the 1860s The Hurly Burly Show July 2012and is currently enjoying a revival!

Tonight’s entertainment promises to be full of silliness, sexiness, sauciness, and outrageousness!!

The Hurly Burly Show unites burlesque and cabaret with pop and fashion.

Miss Polly Rae is the leader of the Hurly Burly girls. Statuesque in sky-scraper heels, dyed shocking red hair and the palest skin, she oozes old-fashioned glamour.

She has established herself as one of the UK’s biggest burlesque stars. Her act began on small stages in Soho and now she brings it to the heart of London’s West End. William Baker’s inspiration took her concept to the next level and she states in the programme that they are creative soulmates. This evening’s production is the result of this partnership.

Our mistress of ceremonies is the hilarious Coco Dubois (Joanna Woodward) who introduces each of the girls and takes the lead vocals on many of the songs.

These girls are an extremely talented, all-singing, all-dancing troupe who are an excellent support to Miss Polly Ray.

William Baker’s vision for these lavish costumes and a colourful and extravagant set is a  theatrical spectacle that constantly surprises.

The choice of songs is totally varied, from Portishead to Miss Polly Rae singing Michael Jackson down a telephone declaring that “I’m really really BAD!”.

There is so much humour in this show,  and as well as looking amazing each of the girls’ different characters and personalities really come across.

The packed audience of The Duchess Theatre absolutely loved Miss Polly Rae and her girls.

As I left I felt I wanted to be a glamorous Hurly Burly girl….. and I’m sure I wasn’t alone in this feeling.

By Joanna Forest

Show information:
Recommended age 18 years plus, not suitable for younger children. Contains nudity.
Booking From: Monday, 2nd July 2012
Booking Until: Saturday, 22nd September 2012
Matinees: Friday and Saturday 6.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Thursday 8pm and Friday and Saturday 9pm

Duchess Theatre
Catherine Street

12th July 2012

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