There's glitz and glamour – and then there’s the Lady Boys Of Bangkok.
The mesmerising spectacle has arrived back in Brighton for what is shaping up to be yet another successful run.
While there is no denying that some people are irked by the Lady Boys’ presence, their cabaret show has been firmly embraced by the city.
In full make-up and revealing costumes, the Lady Boys certainly have no problem getting in touch with their feminine side – and there isn’t a bit of stubble in sight.
It is the seventh year Brighton has welcomed the show and its popularity is soaring.
Advance ticket sales are up 25% compared with last year and Brighton and Hove City Council has allowed show organisers an extra week at Victoria Gardens in the exotic Sabai Pavilion.
Show producer and artistic director Phillip Gandey said: “Initially the popularity of the showwas the hook of the Lady Boys and for people to have a look. That isn’t enough to sustain it as a show and people want to be entertained.
“We started the tour in Derby and we had people in four or five times. The reason is after the first 20 minutes they forget they are men and start enjoying it for what it is – a very slick and professional cabaret.”
Mr Gandey describes this year’s extravaganza, Fantasy And Feathers, as a touch of Moulin Rouge with the decadence of Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the visual impact of an MTV video spliced with the comedy of Carry On films.
Tickets for the Lady Boys Of Bangkok are available from the box office at Victoria Gardens or by calling 0871 7050705.
Performances are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm and 9.15pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm and 7.30pm.
Full details are available from www.ladyboysofbangkok.co.uk