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Following an eight week season at the Garrick Theatre last year, Miss Polly Rae's The Hurly Burly Show returns to London at the Duchess Theatre for a strictly imited six week West End season.
The Hurly Burly Show in London is an all singing, all dancing burlesque inspired revue with a contemporary twist, magically fusing the traditions of burlesque and bawdy cabaret with modern day fashion, music and popular culture. Miss Polly Rae and her Hurly Burly Girlys elegantly focus on the tease and take audiences on a unique, provocative journey full of wit, joie de vivre, and celebration of the female form. Polly Rae's show, also known as Miss Polly Rae and Her Hurly Burly Girlys started its life at the Soho Revue Bar five years ago and has included seasons at the Leicester Square Theatre now, under the current creative team of William Baker and Steve Anderson, it has been developed for this West End production. PLEASE NOTE: This production is not suitable for children under 16.
"I can honestly say that this is the most wholesome, stylish and essentially innocent night of striptease I have ever witnessed - and believe me, I have seen a few strippers in my time... This is emphatically not a night of scuzzy sleaze but the kind of glamorous, divinely decadent entertainment that is sorely needed in these harsh and dreary times... The show is directed with panache by William Baker, best known for his work with Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears, and when the girls aren't on stage, Spencer Day proves a more than acceptable crooner. For those with open minds and a sense of fun, this night of delicious shimmies and classy bump and grind will prove both a tonic and a pleasure." The Daily Telegraph
"I'm at a loss. This 'contemporary burlesque revue' began an eight-week season to a West End audience that included, bizarrely, both Barry Manilow and Barry Humphries. On its way it has picked up praise for its modern take on this saucy old art form, distinguished from mere stripping by a wit and ambition bolstered by having Kylie's creative director, William Baker, behind it... So, fine, these women are in charge of their own bodies. I just wish that they'd find something better to do with them... Is it tawdry? Exploitative? Sexy? Empowering? Take your pick. I just found it very tepid entertainment." The Times
"Over the last few years of this post-modern, post-feminist world, burlesque has made a dramatic comeback. It has busted - I use the word advisedly - out of its niche market into the entertainment mainstream, thanks to the clever spin that it's actually all about female empowerment and absolutely not about getting one's nipple tassels out for the lads. I wonder quite how many women will leave the Garrick Theatre feeling empowered by this... This is undoubtedly the raunchiest burlesque show I've seen... There's no doubt that the piece, overseen by Kylie Minogue's creative director William Baker, is slickly designed and stylishly curated, but one fears its greatest box office assets lie elsewhere." The London Evening Standard
The Hurly Burly Show in London at the Garrick Theatre previewed from 4 March 2011, opened on 11 March 2011 and closed on 1 May 2011. Returned to London at the Duchess Theatre previewed from 2 July 2012, opened on 13 July 2012 and closed on 18 August 2012.