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Miss Polly Rae and her Hurly Burly Girlys are finally coming to Emperors Palace

11 October 2012

It’s been a smash-hit in London’s West End and now The Hurly Burly Show arrives at Emperors Palace for a summer season of deliciously bawdy burlesque fun!

Boasting a bevy of beautiful burlesque stars, specialty variety acts and fabulous costumes, sets and music, The Hurly Burly Show is an all-singing, all-dancing revue with a saucy contemporary twist. Fusing fashion, music and popular culture this burlesque inspired musical spectacular features steamy covers and twisted mash ups from pop artists including Kylie, Britney, Prince, Beyonce, Madonna, Lady Gaga and many more.

The Hurly Burly Show was created by William Baker. A director of live music and shows as well as a photographer and stylist, he is perhaps best known for his creative work with Kylie Minogue. He has also worked as Creative Director to Rihanna, Leona Lewis and Westlife and, in 2007, he made his theatre directing debut directing a remixed version of the musical Rent in London’s West End.

Baker has now focused his gold star standards on The Hurly Burly Show with original direction, sumptuous set design and gorgeous couture costumes – the high end production values that London’s West End is famed for and that can now be seen for the very first time in South Africa.

Musical direction is by Steve Anderson who is also renowned for his extensive work with Kylie Minogue, Westlife, Leona Lewis and Rent. He has produced, written and remixed songs for Take That, Britney Spears, The Petshop Boys, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney amongst many others.

The show stars Miss Polly Rae, one of the leading figures on the London burlesque scene. Miss Rae takes her creative inspiration from iconic ‘40s and ‘50s pin-ups such as Bettie Page, Tempest Storm and Marilyn Monroe as well as modern artists such as Madonna. From its origins in the Soho Revue Bar back in 2006, The Hurly Burly Show has now had three successful seasons in London’s West End, most recently summer 2012 at the Duchess Theatre.

The UK press on The Hurly Burly Show:


Miss Polly Rae presides over the most wholesome and appealing burlesque show I have ever encountered’ Daily Telegraph

‘Whether as a nun sashaying to It’s a Sin or writhing in a negligee to a slow, sensual version of Michael Jackson’s Bad, Rae displays a sense of humour every bit as naughty as the gradual removing of clothing.’ The Stage

‘The contours are amazing, as are some of the contortions. A dancer’s slow, near-naked splits makes one’s eyes water like lychees. The high kicking seems double-hinged. The Hurly Burly Show is artistic rather than lewd.’ Daily Mail

‘Polly is a phenomenal performer, let’s just say I am feeling a little hot under the collar!’ Kylie Minogue.


The Hurly Burly Show opens at The Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace on October 27 for a six-week season. Ticket prices range from R365 to R466 including service fees. The age restriction for all shows is PG except the midnight show which is for over 18s only.

Book your most exciting corporate year-end function ever or office Christmas party, make it a bachelor party to remember … or simply bring along a group of friends for dinner and the show, Thursdays only – the options are endless and the result is spectacular.

The Supper Theatre Thursday Package includes a sumptuous three course meal, table decorations with full cash bar facilities and the sensational Hurly Burly Show for only R550 per person.

For package information and bookings on this great opportunity call Emperors Palace Entertainment department on 011 928-1297/1044.

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