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The Spiegeltent, Leicester Square, London

Club Briefs
4.0Reviewer's Rating

The disreputable cousin of Briefs : Close Encounters, this late night show is an even less likely venue to take your maiden aunt to, or a card-carrying member of the Democratic Unionist Party.  Bringing gaiety to the gay scene, these hunky lads strut their stuff with outrageous panache and outlandish costumes, some of which are taken off.  Be warned – this show contains nuts!

It also contains some brilliant displays of traditional acrobatic skills, supplemented by special guest artistes who may even be female.  Your reviewer was dazzled by the exotic dance performed by a savage tribeswoman, prompting fantasies of a rumble in the jungle.  Indeed, there is provocatively sexy behaviour of all sorts going on, and members of the audience can take part!  Well, they can do a cat walk on the stage, even if they are not togged out by Karl Lagerfeld.  One lucky member of the audience, who held the winning raffle ticket, was rewarded by being nuzzled suggestively by gorgeous men in the (almost) all together.  The stuff of dreams!

Drinks are available in the well-stocked bar adjoining the auditorium, which turns into a disco after the show.  So there is no need to rush home before midnight.  You won’t turn into a pumpkin, even if you feel a little queer …

For serious party animals, there is a marathon four-hour Xtravaganza (X-rated indeed) coming up on New Year’s Eve.  There won’t be room for pigeon-fanciers in Leicester Square that night!

About The Author

Trustee & Reviewer (UK)

Richard McKee is a lawyer, and used to be a judge, but despite that (or because of that) he likes comedy, cabaret and pantomime.  These are the things that he reviews for Plays to See, for which – in view of his great age – he is also a trustee.  He leaves the serious stuff to the young!  But seriously, though, he thinks it is a great idea for young reviewers to hone their critical faculties and communication skills by writing for Plays to See, and feels privileged to be involved in its current expansion.

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