Internationally acclaimed cabaret performer and sought-after host/MC of the most exclusive burlesque shows worldwide, Armitage Shanks has been involved in burlesque, circus and cabaret for the past 15 years. A talented singer songwriter, Armitage is a true entertainer who can have audiences singing along with seemingly little effort.
This year will be Armitage’s 3rd year International Host of the London Burlesque Festival and in 2012 he was host of the ultra exclusive Amsterdam Burlesque Festival. He has also recently hosted Big Top Burlesque Follies in Australia and was a featured performer at Paleis Van De Weemoed and The Supper Club in Amsterdam. He has also recently appeared at Carnevale di Viareggio and Burlesque Garden in Tuscany, Micca Club in Rome, Club Calavera in Hamburg and La Fete Fatale in Berlin.
Armitage is also one of the stars of new burlesque movie Burlesque Assassins. Speaking of the movie he says, “This movie, in its own way, represents much of the beautiful, elegant, sexy, humorous and fantastical creativity that makes up burlesque – but brought to life in a mad-cap, cold war era comedy thriller………I get to jump out of a plane, battle Russian spies, and beat up Nazis while I am wearing a dress and wig. Then, at the end of the movie, I get the girl. Now that’s what I call a good day at the office!”
“One of the darkest-hearted comperes on the burlesque circuit- TIME OUT LONDON “A Cabaret Legend”- LE COOL MAGAZINE DUBLIN”A voice like honey-coated gravel. He was a sinister and louche presence, who put some sex in the air.”- DAN SAVAGE