The Story of Male Burlesque London Show Boylexe

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Boylexe is one of the most unique shows in the West End – a spin-off from burlesque London show Burlexe, it was written, curated and produced by Howard Wilmot and features the very best of the ‘boylesque’ and cabaret scenes.

Like Burlexe it tells the stories of the performers who have helped shape the unique art form, taking its inspiration from boylesque performers like Barbette and the male striptease show’s very own Phil InGud.

Male striptease show Boylexe has always taken place in London’s Shadow Lounge, which was also home to Burlexe and started life as a casual remark.

London burlesque show Boylexe creator, Howard Wilmot says, ‘We ran Burlexe regularly at the Shadow Lounge, transforming it into a London burlesque club on a regular basis even though they had no other cabaret shows there, we just liked the space, the vibe and they were always so nice to us. One day, I happened to say that someone said I should do a male version of burlesque night Burlexe and they got all excited and asked me if I would do it there with them.’

Boylexe opened in September 2012 for just three (sell-out) shows, starring singer Kele Le Roc singing ‘Xanadu’ on rollerskates and now cast regulars male burlesque dancer Phil InGud, drag act Meth (formerly Mr Mistress), the Double R’s Randolph Hott and voguer extraordinaire Bobby Deevah, all directed by long-term collaborator, Jayne Hardy.

Male striptease show Boylexe continued to enjoy great success at the Shadow Lounge, making it a regular one-off burlesque club for the most extraordinary night of stories, striptease, strip roulette, burlesque hen parties, gay stag dos and lots and lots of drinking.

After three years, Boylexe has subsequently moved to a brand new speakeasy venue in London Bridge called Cecil’s with its cast of cool characters.

As of 2016, it’s merged with Burlexe for a series of very modern burlesque shows entitled This Is Burlexe featuring la creme de la creme of burlesque and boylesque performers as well as continuing to pop up in various guises for public and private performances.

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