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Vesta Tilley and Hetty King were international superstars and rivals who wowed audiences around the globe with their male impersonator acts over 100 years ago. 

In this show, Vesta and Hetty are brought to life again, and thrown together, (not that they're happy about it!) ... to share their stories with you, and to determine once and for all, which of them was Queen of the original Drag Kings. 

The show will include a number of classic music hall songs, including ‘Following in Father’s Footsteps’, ‘Burlington Bertie from Bow’, and lots more. 

And ... at the end of the show you will decide which woman wins the title of the best male impersonator in the world. 

If you love old time music hall, or you’re partial to a bit of 'drag' then this will be right up your alley!

Sarah Archer - Vesta Tilley

Playwright, Actor, Comedian | www.spotlight.com/5095-3423-7995

Sarah has been performing stand up comedy since 2003 all over the UK, including two solo stand up comedy shows to Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 & 2012.​ In 2015 she took her first play 'Dearly Beloved' to Edinburgh, and on tour. In 2018, Sarah loved playing Lily in 'The Amours of Lilly Langtry' and in 2020, Charlotte Bronté in 'At Home with the Brontés' for the Space Online fringe.

Sarah Archer

Emma Hopkins - Hetty King

Actor | www.emma-hopkins.com

Since graduating with a degree in Contemporary Theatre Practice in 2011, Emma has been producing and performing in productions including her own one-woman-show (Hell Hath No Fury), and played leading roles in Dearly Beloved(Lacey) and Oleanna (Carol) , and Joan Greening's plays at the Edinburgh Fringe, including 'Jean-Marie' in 'The Amours of Lilly Langtry' and 'Lizzie Siddal' in 'Rossetti's Women.

Emma Hopkins

MyCharleston Dance

Fiona Ring and Elena Burslem | https://mycharlestondance.com

MyCharleston runs fun and friendly adult dance classes in studio, online and on-demand. They specialise in 20s Charleston, Musical Theatre and Street Jazz.

They run dance classes in Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Lewes, Eastbourne, Portsmouth, online and across the UK

We have loved working with them for this show, and would highly recommend you give their classes a whirl!

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The Chairman's Voice

Mel Hopkins - Voiceover artist and Actor.

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The Walrus Brighton


A stone’s throw from the beach, on historic Ship Street in Brighton’s famous Lanes, you’ll find the Walrus with its labyrinth of eclectically-decorated rooms and endless winding passageways. You’ll also discover a wonderful hidden two-storey roof garden.

Not only have they been brilliantly supportive in the run up to the show, but their food is delicious and everyone is so friendly, maybe stick around and grab a bite to eat?

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