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Soho Striptease Clubs 1958

7 mins United Kingdom Director. John Rhodes

Daniel Farson pays a visit to the Club Panama Theatre, Soho, in April 1958, to experience a new phenomenon: afternoon 'nude shows' that "reflect every British sex taboo". He chats to the club owner, has a frank discussion with the joint's striptease artistes about G-strings, sequinned stars, and their personal lives, and witnesses "the uncovering of a multitude of skins".

At the time, nude models were forbidden from moving on stage in conventional theatres by the Lord Chamberlain's Office, a body responsible for British theatre censorship. But in private members' clubs, it was debatable as to whether the same rules applied. Many Soho entrepreneurs exploited this legislative loophole, following in the footsteps of 'skindustry' leader Paul Raymond, who opened his plush strip club, the Revuebar, also in April 1958.

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Directed by

John Rhodes

Featuring

Daniel Farson

Tags

Strip clubs Soho

Collection

Soho Stories The Pleasure Principle

Released

1958

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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