Burlesque Shows


An up close & intimate experience like no other in London with raunchy and risqué Burlesque from the crème de la crème of London’s incredible scene.

Enjoy some of the most sumptuous shows of the finest and most vivacious variety alongside your favourite burlesque stars. Be ready for hilarious comedy songs and debauchery from Cabaret ‘royalty’ as well as scintillating circus from top-end acts.

Over 18s only. If you are lucky enough to look under 25 you must bring photo ID.

The Hippodrome is proud to be the home of some of the most exciting, ground-breaking and dynamic burlesque in the U.K. London has one of the most developed and creative burlesque scenes in the world, since it’s resurgence in the late 90′s / early 2000′s, the scene has been expanding and raising the stakes for the genre internationally.

Burlesque is often misunderstood as an art-form and as it has moved further into the mainstream, we often only see a small commercial styling of what the genre has to offer. Burlesque is much more than a classic striptease, it can be funny, political, intelligent, moving and demanding. We have two trailblazing shows here in our midst. Firstly, our long-running Soho Burlesque Club produced by burlesque legend Miss Polly Rae. Soho Burlesque is a late-night slice of everything seductive, saucy and sensual, Featuring some of the  top burlesque, cabaret and circus artists that London has to offer, it’s an ever evolving, scintillating late night trip in to Miss Polly’s secret boudoir.

Burlesque Idol is the biggest competition in the UK – now in its 7th year, it comes from the critically acclaimed House of Burlesque who are leaders in the innovation of modern burlesque. Burlesque Idol runs heats throughout the year for new and emerging performers and offers a serious industry platform and solid grounding for anyone braving a career in burlesque. The final in November is one of the highlights of The Hippodrome calendar and is definitely not to be missed!