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Blow away the New Year’s cobwebs with a bevvy of burlesque beauties who are heading to the region in January. Katy Wheeler reports.

DIRECT from London’s West End, tantalising yet tasteful, camp and colourful, the fascinating art form of burlesque is coming to South Shields.

An Evening of Burlesque is the new theatre production that recreates the tradition of burlesque, giving it a modern-day twist.

It’s 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,” says show producer Michael Taylor.

He added: “The stars of the show had been playing to full houses regularly in London’s West End, so we thought it time the rest of the UK joined in the fun.

“In the show elegant showgirls combine Parisian charm with Las Vegas glamour in a spectacle that marries live vocal talent with the art of burlesque.”

An Evening of Burlesque is compered by the Kiki Kaboom and includes the cream of British burlesque talent including Miss Hotcake Kitty, Amber Topaz, Chrys Columbine, Miss Slinky Sparkles, Ginger Blush and The Kalki Hula Girl.

With magic, music and song (even featuring a frenzied live rendition of the cadenza of Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto in C Minor) and dance (including traditional fan dances) this is a set to be a night to remember – for over 18s only.

The history of burlesque dates back to the very origins of British theatre. In the 17th century it was a popular form of musical and theatrical parody. The burlesque enjoyed the world over today has its origins in 1890s Paris and the rise of the Moulin Rouge.

l An Evening of Burlesque takes place at the Customs House on January 20. Tickets are £21. Tel. 454 1234 or visit www.customshouse.co.uk