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Burlexe is a unique on and offline experience about the lives of the women who created burlesque; both contemporary performers and the legends that paved the way.

It’s a theatrical experience, not a typical burlesque show. Conceived, created, written and produced by Howard Wilmot, Burlexe began in 2011 with a series of shows mixing stories, song and burlesque performance. At the heart of what we do are the fascinating stories of fascinating women.

Since 2011, Burlexe has spun off into Boylexe and a combined male-female experience called This Is Burlexe.

The Story So Far

This is Burlexe brings together two critically acclaimed shows Burlexe and Boylexe that have run in Soho for the past 5 years, telling the stories of our stars and mixing it all up with song and burlesque performance. It’s totally new and unique.

We ran This Is Burlexe at hideaway speakeasy Cecil’s in the back streets of London Bridge, in 2016.

The Show

This Is Burlexe features the very best performers from the British burlesque and cabaret scene together with guest stars from other art forms. Our nights are a unique insight into the cabaret world and feature standup, song, burlesque and boylesque performance, mime, drag and some bare flesh. You’re in for a treat.

This Is Burlexe is also available for private and corporate shows in a stylish and appropriate way. More details or email artistic director, Howard Wilmot via

Praise for This is Burlexe:

Refreshingly relaxed format… an intriguing avenue for burlesque
The Stage

One of the most innovative and unique burlesque shows, this is a top quality event. You’d be mad to miss it quite frankly
Burlesque Bible

The emphasis is on storytelling and tease! I would give this show ten out of ten. You will be entertained
– via Trip Advisor

The stories of these bold women are as entertaining to hear as they are enticing to behold
Erotic Review

Those peeps over @Burlexe have done it again! BRILLIANT
The High Tease Cast

An enjoyable evening of various theatrical disciplines that caters to a wide audience… this show provides a great springboard from which to start the weekend
West End Wilma

Boylexe brings sex to the city with hot bodies and heartfelt stories
This Is Cabaret

An all-male burlesque show? Yes, please
Gay Times

The best night of sexy, sultry and sensational showmen
Theatre & Performance

The Burlexe Story

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Burlexe Burlesque Films 2015

The Burlexe Burlesque Films were launched in 2015. At the heart of Burlexe are a series of stories, written by artistic director Howard Wilmot about the lives of women in burlesque… Or the herstory of showgirls if you prefer. (more…)
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Burlexe Run 2012 – 2013

In 2012, we moved from showcase to a Burlexe run at the now legendary Shadow Lounge. The original cast of Javine Hylton, Chloe Ewart, Dympna Messenger and Fancy Chance was boosted by the hosting skills of Jo King and the…
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Burlesque Monologues

Conceived by digital creative Howard Wilmot, Burlexe was inspired by his love of female-driven entertainment, performance and music. Here’s how all his inspirations came together to create something brand new.

The Burlexe Burlesque Show

The Burlexe Show

“The Burlexe show has now existed in many guises since I first conceived it back in – ouch! – 2010! But at the heart of it are stories, stories of fascinating people who perform in some capacity, which we present…
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Burlesque Show Reviews

Burlexe is a unique live experience combining performance, songs and the stories of showgirls, performers and inspiring women who work in this space. Learn about our history, discover our inspirations and meet the women who’ve been involved along the way.



Burlesque Films

You don’t have to wait to see the show, you can get a taste of what it’s about through our short films which tell the stories of some of burlesque’s most fascinating showgirls.