The Empire Strips Back

A Star Wars Burlesque Parody

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, Canberra Times


Venues and ticketing information

Bathurst Memorial Centre

Thursday 13th March 2014

105 William St, Bathurst NSW 2795
Tickets from or (02) 6333 6161

Canberra Theatre Centre

Friday 14th March 2014

Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra
Tickets from or (02) 6275 2700

Mackay Entertainment Centre

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Alfred Street, Mackay
Tickets from or (07) 4961 9777

Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton

Thursday 3rd April 2014

Victoria Parade, Rockhampton QLD 4700
Tickets from or (07) 4927 4111

Moncreiff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg

Friday 4th April 2014

177 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670
Tickets from or (07) 4130 4100

Gold Coast Arts Centre

Saturday 5th April 2014

135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Tickets from or (07) 5588 4000

Civic Theatre, Newcastle

Friday 11th April, 2014

375 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300
Tickets from or (02) 4929 1977

Glasshouse Theatre, Pt Macquarie

Saturday 12th April, 2014

Cnr Clarence & Hay Sts, Port Macquarie
Tickets from or (02) 6581 8888

Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Friday 9th May, 2014

118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW 2042
Tickets from or (02) 9550 3666

Regal Theatre, Perth

Friday 30th May, 2014
Saturday 31st May, 2014

474 Hay St, Subiaco WA 6008
Tickets from or (08) 9388 2066

Albury Entertainment Centre

Thursday 19th June, 2014

Swift St, Albury NSW 2640
Tickets from or (02) 6043 5610

Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Friday 20th June, 2014

Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182
Tickets from or (03) 9525 3240

"..a most saucy caricature – the bawdy nature of burlesque makes a perfect match for the pop culture icon that is the world of Star Wars.."

Shane Arnold, Music Feeds