Raymond then became a producer, touring a variety programme, the Vaudeville Express, around the country. With the variety circuit in decline, many impresarios were enlivening their bills with nude acts. A ruling by the Lord Chamberlain, the supreme theatre licensing authority, prohibited any movement by nudes on stage so the shows consisted of tableaux in which women posed, naked to the waist, for minutes at a time. In 1951 Raymond transformed his variety show into the Festival of Nudes (a nod to the contemporary Festival of Britain); his initial investment consisted of paying two dancers an extra ten shillings (50p) a week.
Raymond's nude acts rapidly became his main attraction. He put on Moving Nudes, a show where the women stood on platforms that were winched across the stage...
The current revival of Soho had little to do with Raymond, but stems from the spending power of the affluent homosexuals who have pitched camp in the area.
« Older Snark Kills.... | Animal magnetism, or testiment... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt