The Empire Strips Back

A Star Wars Burlesque Parody

Due to popular demand The Empire Strips Back is returning for its only Australian shows of 2015, followed by an announcement of US dates to finish out the year!

The Empire Strips Back takes the classic characters from the beloved Star Wars film franchise, and drops them into the world of Burlesque, creating a show like no other. Be amazed at Russall S. Beattie’s attention to detail in re-creating the magic and childhood wonder of the original three films, and then be thrilled as the childhood wonder is abolished by good old fashioned adult fun! Combining striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and comedy, this show is truly destined to deliver you to the dark side.

Expect some seriously sexy stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Boba Fett, tantalising Twi’leks, a Darth with a different kind of dark side, a delightfully luke-warm Taun Taun, a lady-like Skywalker, the Droids you are looking for and much, much more!

If you are a lover of Star Wars or good entertainment, then this show is for you. It’s not a trap! A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...

The Empire Strips Back is a show unlike any other. Taking the classic characters from the beloved Star Wars film franchise and dropping them into the world of Burlesque. No expense has been spared in re-creating the details and magic of the original three films, if you are a lover of Star Wars or good entertainment this show is for you.

In 2011 Russall S. Beattie created the first run of Star Wars Burlesque in Australia. It was booked in a 150 capacity room, with the intention to run for 3 nights only. Those three nights sold out in record time, and the show has gone beyond all expections. Since then it has travelled the country and has delighted audiences of over 20,000 people. Still the show was designed for a small stage, and feeling like they had never taken full advantage of a full theatre stage, nor realised the ideas that were just a pipe dream for the original show, the producers destroyed all the props and costumes in May 2013 and started rebuilding a new show from scratch: The Empire Strips Back: A Star Wars Burlesque Parody.

Why go to that much effort for a Burlesque show? It’s important to the cast and crew that the show feels like an extension of the Star Wars universe, The Empire Strips Back taps into what makes these films special and stand the test of time, the sense of wonder – all with tongue firmly in cheek.

It takes the best things of your childhood, and naturally mixes them with the best things about being an adult.

The new show is about to embark on it’s biggest tour to date, starting on March 13th in Bathurst. So get ready to indulge yourself in a sci-fi fantasy of intergalactic proportions – George Lucas would never have dreamt that his characters could be used in such a manner, guaranteed to get some hearts racing with The Force.

" extravagant, fantastical melange of burlesque stylings performed exquisitely by the ladies - good adult fun taking suggestive subtexts of the film and running a mile with them.."

Deborah Hawke


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Venues and ticketing information

The Tivoli, Brisbane

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November, 2015

52 Costin St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Tickets from or 136 100

The Palais, Melbourne

Saturday 28th November 2015

Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Tickets from or 131 100

Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide

Saturday 6th February 2016

58 Grote St, Adelaide SA
Tickets from

Civic Theatre, Newcastle

Thursday 18th February 2016

375 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW
Tickets from

Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Friday 19th February 2016

Enmore Rd, Enmore
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Canberra Theatre, Canberra

Saturday 20th February 2016

Civic Square, Canberra
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