Burlesque and music-hall were once the bread and butter of English theatre, but have steadily declined since the dawn of the “angry young men” (one of whom, John Osborne, wrote his play The Entertainer about precisely that phenomenon).
Most recently Wiltons hosted a much-praised production of Macbeth. But Blaize, dubbed by some as “the queen of British Burlesque” will play there between December 1 and 4.
The show, Immodesty Blaize and the Adventures of Walter runs for 90 minutes, and promises decadence and sexual innuendo aplenty. Blaize herself, once a convent school pupil, has taken her act to the New York Burlesque Festival and Cannes. In 2004 she advised Kevin Spacey on a striptease for his Old Vic production of Cloaca.
The show going to Wiltons tried out at Hoxton Hall in July 2004 and later the Windmill Theatre on the London fringe. Blaize, describing the show to a journalist, said, “Think [James] Bond’s John Barry two-stepping with Beyonce, Shirley Bassey dirty dancing with Thin Lizzy and Benny Goodman’s old-time jazz jamming with Grandmaster Flash. Mix in the high-octane glamour of ‘Moulin Rouge’ with a dash of big band and the razzmatazz of rock n’ roll and you’re getting there.’”
The show is directed by Jane Gibson and produced by Andrew Sutton. It will have an 8:45 PM start time.