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Burlesque might save Kings Cross Red Light District

Is there room now for nostalgia (of the post-millennial variety) in the legislatively diminished shadows of Sydney’s once-famous Kings Cross red light district?

According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald it may be burlesque which breathes some life, colour and indeed culture back into The Cross.

A new $250,000 Boho burlesque show featuring burlesque, acrobats, Les Girls-style drag, dance, comedians, an LED-lit hula hooper and circus performers has just been launched in the Cross as a weekly Friday event, writes Jimmy Thomson, the Herald’s “Flat Chat” columnist.

The X Show will run at Ron Creevey’s newly-launched X Studio over the famous Coca Cola sign.

Kings Cross has been hard-hit by the NSW government’s lock-out laws, imposed after two one-punch deaths, which take effect at 1.30am, with last drinks at 3am.

The show’s program is designed to evoke memories of the old heyday of Kings Cross, when Carlotta starred in Les Girls every week, Peter Finch performed on radio and TV down the road in Rushcutters Bay, Chips Rafferty was a local and the area was a bohemian hub for writers, artists and jazz musicians.

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