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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Burlesque Blossoms as Economy Crumbles

Cirque de la RougeAfter months of sold out Saturday nights, London's best selling burlesque cabaret show has moved to Piccadilly's uber-glam Cafe de Paris.

It seems that the deeper the recession, the faster the tickets sell out at The Wam Bam Club. A bigger venue has been needed for some time. Now Lady Alex's fusion of burlesque, magic, music and comedy is moving to West End's Café de Paris on Feb 28th.

There'll be burlesque acrobatics from Cirque de la Rouge and fan dancing with Millie Dollar, as well as surreal musical comedy from Frisky and Mannish, stand up from Joe Bor, and magic from Christian Lee. As always, Lady Alex will perform her own brand of outrageous stand up comedy and strip tease. For those wishing for a taste in the art of tease, there are free burlesque classes before the show.

"I fell in love with Cafe de Paris instantly," says Lady Alex, "It's just the ultimate cabaret venue, much bigger, more glamorous, and I love the food. They're bending over backwards to help us settle in - I've even got a dressing room with a king sized bed!"

Although Wam Bam was scheduled to move to a larger venue in May, the sudden closure of the Soho Revue Bar at the end of January forced an early upgrade, much to the delight of Cafe de Paris.

"We have been eager to secure a new burlesque show," says Andrew Birnie, Cafe de Paris's Events Director, "We are, after all, a burlesque cabaret club by design. Until now, we just couldn't find a burlesque show that could deliver the numbers to match the venue size. Wam Bam is just right for us."

The hundred or so people who bought tickets for the Feb show in January have lucked out; they thought they'd be braving Soho, but now hold tickets for Wam Bam's relaunch in plush Piccadilly. Friday shows have been cancelled until Wam Bam settles in, with existing ticket holders offered a ticket to the Saturday show or a refund.

Tickets for Wam Bam's cabaret at Cafe de Paris on Feb 28th are £20 when booked in advance at (or call TicketWeb on 08700 600 100) and £35 on the door. To ensure the full Wam Bam experience, customers can book a dining table in advance. Doors open at 7pm, and the show runs from 8-10pm. For large parties, email

The lively after show party runs into the early hours at the nearby On Anon. VIP entry for Wam Bam ticket holders, who go straight to the front of the queue.

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