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Stratford ArtsHouse and Ice Crystal Productions are thrilled to be bringing Burlesque and Cabaret back to Stratford upon Avon in time for Halloween!


A Midsummer Night’s Scream is a celebration of the Decadent, Dark Side of Burlesque and Cabaret ready for Halloween!

Hosted by the Grand Duchess of Cabaret we welcome Miss Kiki DeVille back to the ArtsHouse. This show will feature burlesque, magic, a dance troupe, hula hooping, escapology, balloon popping, pole dancing and sword swallowing! Not for the narrow minded this show promises you a SPOOKTACULAR night to remember!

Meet the Performers……


The Grand Duchess of Cabaret Miss Kiki deVille – the UK’s most high profile Burlesque Chanteuse and Hostess.

After securing a place on Team Will-I-Am on BBC The Voice UK Season 3, Kiki went on in the show to battle the incredible James Byron with the track Because the Night by Patti Smith, with an arrangement by Kiki and the Musical Director, David Tench. Her inimitable style and charisma saw her adopted by the contestants as “Mama Keeks” and left Will-I-Am in tears when he had to send her home. Since then, she has made a splash in the vintage and Burlesque a woman of large ‘talents’ she may be, but don’t let them detract from the incredible voice that lies beneath. Australian born Miss Kiki DeVille attributes her flawless and polished performances to over 25 years of professional international music industry experience.


Sir Midnight Blues – Award winning, international headlining burlesque and aerial performer Sir Midnight Blues has been entertaining audiences up and down the country since 2012. His achievements to date include winning Best Male Performer- Brighton Burlesque Festival and nominated in Best British Male- The Burlesque Awards 2015


Griffin and Jones – The Pioneers of Slapdash Magic!

 Steve Griffin and Nathan Jones are a pair of grifters, tricksters, conmen and award-winning magicians. With an emphasis on high energy comedy, fun, and their own unique brand of slapdash magic, Griffin and Jones are likely to have you glued to your seats and rolling in the aisles in equal measure.
Expect sleight of hand, mind reading, cons, scams, and great escapes.
Whether trying to flog you their own brand of snake-oil, coerce you into playing one of their ridiculous games, or leaving you watching through your fingers in horror, these guys will not only leave you asking how they did it, but also why…
“The bad-boys of variety” – Lock-In Cabaret
“Incredible magicians with the banter and chemistry of a punk rock Morecambe & Wise” – The Blue Moon Revue
“Dirty Sanchez meets Derren Brown” – Open Comedy


Talulah Blue – International Showgirl and Fire eating Follie – specialises in burlesque, classic circus and eras gone by.  With an obsession for 1920’s to 1950’s glamour & the mystery of the bohemian arts she transcend into a sensual performance.

This fire eating follie not only performs but her creations are worn by performers all across the globe & have been seen on programmes such as ITV’s Mr Selfridge, Britain’s Got Talent, Channel 5’s Big Brother, and in Marie Claire magazine.

Kimmy von Shimmy – made her debut performance as a contestant in Burlesque Idol in 2014. Here’s what is special about her – she won. Not only that, she placed 3rd in the final a few months later. Kimmy has since performed for several shows including The 100 Watt Club, Cue Tease Burlesque and the Fling Festival. She’s sassy, fun and full of surprises. Just what you’d expect from a professional tease.


Miss Oopsie Ooohh is a cheeky cheesecake calamity.  Whether unclipping her garter or hula-ing her hoop she’ll be sure to seduce with her silly slapstick and adorkable ways. She shimmies, she stumbles, she gets stuck in her stockings, Miss Oopsie Ooohh brings the bumble to burlesque!


Bloody Bones – Sideshow Performer

Roll up ladies and gentlemen and witness feats of human endurance from a bygone age, gasp in wonder at the act only Houdini would dare to perform and be amazed by a sight that’s hard to swallow!!!……There will be Thrills, Chills but all you see is Real!!! Roll up for the Bloody Bones Sideshow


Scarlet Butterfly is an award winning, internationally established aerial dance, fire and burlesque performer who has gained a reputation for specialising in a unique form of acrobatic, theatrical, cirque style pole dance which sees her perform in elaborate, faery, fantasy and burlesque inspired costumes.  She regularly works with feathers, silks, fan veils and other props, at height, to create visually stunning pole art.  Her acts are graceful, enticing, sensual, exciting, always unpredictable and offer high entertainment value.  In 2015 Scarlet became a finalist in the World Burlesque Games.


Cream Tease – is Oxford’s first and finest Burlesque Dance Troupe. It is all tease and no sleaze with this fun and flirtatious group. Led by their Choreographer, Miss Cherry Buns, routines consist of hip bumps, shimmies and grinds with tongue in cheek humour that is guaranteed to make the audience blush!


Sam Jenkins – Producer

Sam grew up in Stratford upon Avon and went to Shottery before going to university to study criminology and ultimately qualify as a barrister. She is now completing a PhD in cybercrime while producing shows in her home town. Sam’s signature show Burlesque on Ice combines the glamour of burlesque with the precision of figure skating. Last year she successfully produced A Midsummer Night’s Tease at Stratford ArtsHouse and this year continues the brand with A Midsummer Night’s Scream in time for Halloween.


A Midsummer Night’s Scream debuts on Thursday 26 October 2017 at 8.00pm. Tickets are priced as follows: £15 students, £20 full price. Tickets are on sale now.


Age guidance 15+. Tickets can be booked via the Box Office on 01789 207100 or online at www.stratfordartshouse.co.uk