Chaplin: Birth of a Tramp
"What a sad business, being funny" - "Limelight" (1952)
For over 100 years, Charlie Chaplin has been the world's best-loved clown. His brilliant comic creation of "The Little Tramp" is the first and most recognisable cinematic icon in history. But his remarkable story of stardom and success has a darker side.
Raised in the horrific, grinding poverty of a Victorian slum, Charlie never knew the security of a stable family. Whilst his parents destroyed themselves with disastrous ambition and unshakeable vice, Charlie was thrown at the mercy of the workhouse. Desperate to escape his feral existence on the streets of South London, Charlie became captivated by the shining lights of vaudeville, and gradually began to see a way out.
Critically-acclaimed Arrows & Traps return with an examination of the relationship between experience and creativity, and invite you to discover how Chaplin spun personal tragedy into universal comedy, in a psychological exploration of one of the world's most remarkable lives.
This production is being produced with the full endorsement of the Chaplin Estate and the Chaplin Family.
When & Where
£15 - Balcony
£25 - VIP Cabaret (with a free glass of Bubbly)
House of India Starr presents...
The Peacock Lounge Burlesque & Cabaret
Leicester's most decadent cabaret and burlesque experience is back with our Summer Extravaganza!
Harking back to the traditions of variety in vaudeville and music hall, The Peacock Lounge is a sumptuous cabaret environment unique to the city's oldest surviving theatre.
The Y provides the perfect backdrop to a glittering soirée featuring award-winning burlesque and cabaret acts handpicked to captivate you; from the sublime and beautiful to the outrageous and downright ridiculous- this show will leave you feeling mesmerised and eager for our next instalment!
MARA DE NUDÉE
Direct from Paris, vintage showgirl Mara is a delicate beauty with a doll face straight out of a silent movie.
A singer, an actress and with 17 years of ballet experience, Mara draws inspiration from the first part of the 20th Century; it's fashion, cinematography, music and great feminine icons such as Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Loie Fuller and Gypsy Rose Lee to create refined and poetic burlesque shows.
Don't be fooled by her demure appearance, she is a true femme fatale who will captivate you with a glance!
Mara has worked alongside Dita Von Teese and in 2018 Mara and dance partner Alekseï won "Best Small Group" at the Burlesque Hall of Fame.
Specialising in aerial, fire and a variety of circus skills. Aurora loves to incorporate danger and decadence, merging her love of circus, burlesque and variety to create unique and spectacular stage shows. The pyro mistress has mesmerised audiences all over the globe all over the globe in over 20 countries with her killer moves and daredevil stunts; her sultry style and flair for the unusual are not to be missed...
Kheski Kobler is an award winning international queerlesque klown! Her acts sit somewhere between performance art, burlesque and surrealism.
A real modern day pin-up inspired by old Hollywood, yet a true Liverpool glamour girl who brings the sleaze with the tease. Her costumes French inspired, her attitude flirty attired. Baby Daisy has bumped the grind at notable shows across the continent and proves blondes really do have more fun!
A trained actress and jazz singer, Valerie is an MGM musical starlet who discovered Netflix and pizza, bringing you high glamour and a low bar for comedy. The facial dexterity of Lucille Ball and the curves of a complex maths equation, she'll steal your heart and keep it in a jar on her windowsill.
STAGE DOOR JOHNNY as your host.
A flirtatious, lyrical lothario and seasoned comic raconteur with razor-sharp wit, he'll have audiences grinning, giggling and eating from the palm of his hand- sometimes literally. Johnny can be heard singing everything from Shirley Bassey to Guns ‘n' Roses, as well as ridiculous self-penned medleys to surprise and delight!
It promises to be an unforgettable night!
We invite you to join in the atmosphere and feel like a star by dressing to impress in your best vintage and red carpet looks.
Choose a VIP ticket and be greeted with a glass of bubbly before arriving at your candle lit table where the show may just come to you!
We're risqué and not for the faint of heart; partial nudity, adult themes and strong language feature throughout. Over 18's only.
"A delightfully decadent soirée"- From Dusk 2 Dawn
"All of the acts were of the highest quality... easily the best burlesque I've ever been to" - Guest
"A very elegant, entertaining and exquisite night"- Guest
Please note line-up may change to circumstances beyond our control.
Due to the nature of the show running times are approximate.
Sorry, no refunds or exchanges except in the event of show cancellation by the producer.
£22 - Standard
£50 - Meet and Greet (this will be available as an upgrade in your basket)
Shaun William George Ryder (born 23 August 1962) is an English singer, songwriter, television personality and author. As the lead singer of the Happy Mondays he was a leading figure in the Madchester cultural scene in the late 1980s. In 1993 he formed another band, Black Grape.
Ryder was the runner-up of the tenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. The film 24 Hour Party People featured the story of Ryder's youth. Join Shaun as he discusses his life, career & the music industry.
You will also have the opportunity to ask Shaun a question.
Live music support act: No Conflict feat. Harrison Gent
Siobhan Phillips recently wowed audiences as the only female finalist in Britain's Got Talent 2019.
Described as "the love child of Peter Kay and Victoria Wood", her hilarious self-penned songs really struck a chord with the nation, who could totally relate to a selection of her observational daft ditties.
Covering subjects from becoming a first-time Mum at 40, tantrum-throwing toddlers and the frustrations of mother-daughter relationships, you'll be treated to an insight to her life presented with exceptional candour and warmth.
This brand new show has variety at its core and features the smash hit songs performed on Britain's Got Talent, along with more daft ditties, comedy and the chance to experience Siobhan's breathtaking vocals in an evening guaranteed to be Live and Unhinged.
As seen and heard on Britain's Got Talent 2019, Operatunity, The Frank Skinner Show, Lorraine, Loose Women, This Morning, Good Morning Britain, BBC Radio, Heart FM and Talk Radio.
‘You always get this massive crowd reaction... you light up the room and you're very funny!' Simon Cowell
‘You're hilariously funny, but more than that, you have this tremendous warmth... we love you!' David Walliams
Started on Livejournal back in 2006, Gothla UK, now in its 14th year is a dark and gothic fusion festival, based on Traditional, as well as Fusion Bellydance, but featuring alternative skills such as marital arts, hula hoop, poi, costume making, stage make up and other crafts.
We are proud to have built a community based on trust, diversity and inclusion and have hosted many teachers from around the globe to bring the very best and push the envelope!
Our classes range from beginners to professional standard, so there is something for every level, and we offer drumming and non-dance classes for partners and/or non-dancers.
The showcase on Friday night kicks off our weekend in style and has inspired many students for over a decade to work harder and smarter.
The open stage is an inclusive opportunity and safe environment for students to showcase their skill as well an opportunity for us to scout for up and coming talent.
We also have a souk displaying some of the UK’s finest Fusion Crafts; our Gothla UK fashion show is famous and a MUST; usually featuring items from the Pussy Tat stall in aid of the Cats Protection League.