Hurly Burly Show – Garrick Theatre – Review


Sometimes you need a bit of fun and escapism. Last night my wife and I went to see The Hurly Burly Show, which stars Burlesque star Miss Polly Rae and her Hurly Burly Girls.

This was our first experience of Burlesque, it’s become a very trendy thing and so we thought we should see what the fuss is all about. I hasten to add it was my wife’s  idea to see this!!! The show is a lascivious, sexy, over the top, tongue in cheek extravaganza. The dancing is superb and the routines are cleverly choreographed and done. The music is first-rate and special mention must go to Spencer Day, who is a wonderful foil to the ladies and his singing and playing certainly gives the show a greater depth than it would have if he was absent.

The innuendo was occasionally a bit crass, but generally it’s all good fun. I especially liked the geisha routine done to Rihanna’s “Umbrella” song, and the Marie Antoinette routine was excellent. Each of the girls get their own turn, Kitty Bang Bang’s fire eating/burlesque/ballet point work, routine was stunning.

Mistress of Ceremonies the Fabulous Miss Polly Rae

Miss Polly Rae is an excellent Mistress of Ceremonies and knows her burlesque. Her singing was very good too, and her number “It’s Not About The Tits” was a funny look at what she sees the art of Burlesque as. The show is 1hr 40 mins (including an interval) and to be honest that’s enough as it does begin to feel a bit like you’ve seen it all before towards the end. It’s been described as a “celebration of the female form” and that’s a fitting description.
She and the girls had a vivacious sense of fun which was infectious to the audience. There were a few times of “audience participation” which were all done with a gentle touch but extremely funny. Alas I was not invited on stage to show the girls a few of my moves, but that’s probably best!

This was an extravagant experience and a fun night out, unlike anything I’ve seen before. Below is a video if you fancy seeing some of the action, but I can assure you seeing it live is much better!


5 thoughts on “Hurly Burly Show – Garrick Theatre – Review

  1. Jonathan the “chess troll” that I love!

    As it is a show featuring sexy ladies, of course it doesn’t contain chess! As chess is neither sexy or something “for the ladies”.

    Hope you’re having a good Easter break,

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