Miss Polly Rae by WowtheWorld
Burlesque has had a respectable rebirth in the last few years, and London now hosts an annual Burlesque and Variety Fringe festival, but Camden's decision threatens to re-open the tired debate about whether burlesque is first and foremost an overtly sexual performance, or a form of artistic expression — an issue most of the performers want to leave behind. Proud Gallery's owner, Alex Proud, complained that "the letter of the law rather than the spirit of the law is being enforced."
According to the Council, however, any such "entertainment of an adult nature" needs to have the proper licensing. Specifically:
"Any premises in the borough that wish to offer entertainment involving nudity, striptease or other entertainment of an adult nature will need approval from the licensing authority - burlesque falls within this criteria."
Perhaps there's merit in organising a fundraiser to take the undersexed office drones at Camden on a trip to a burlesque club so they can judge for themselves whether it's really the same as a dingy peeler bar.