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Established in 2012 at the Glee Club in Nottingham The Gilded Merkin instantly became one of the UK’s biggest cabaret variety shows hosting headline acts to sold out crowds.

The show’s success saw it expand to include regular nights in Birmingham and Cardiff as well as appear at events such as the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, the National Hot Rod, Custom and American car show, the Summer of Vintage Festival and too many private parties to mention!

Featuring only the very best international burlesque and cabaret performers, no two shows are ever the same.  Every act is handpicked by Midlands based Burlesque Performer and Producer Scarlett Daggers, the woman behind the Merkin.  


An eclectic mix of old Hollywood glamour, vaudeville, comedy, music, circus and much more, The Gilded Merkin guarantees a wonderful evening of exhilarating entertainment!


“A hugely generous dollop of magical sophisticated glamour…with a delightful twist of ironic British humour."  - John Hess, BBC correspondent

“an unforgettable night of satirical, saucy entertainment” - Nottingham Post


Performers that have graced the Gilded Merkin stage include -

Abigail Collins, Agatha Frisky, Alexandra Hofgartner, Anna Fur Laxis,

Arran Shurvinton, Audacity Chutzpah, Aurora Starr,

Beau Rocks, Bees Knees, Betsy Rose, Bettsie Bon Bon, Bonnie Fox,

Cece Sinclair, Cherry Shakewell, Chi Chi Revolver, Cleopantha,

Coco DeVille, Coco Malone, Craig the Hula Boy,

Daisy Black, Dave the Bear, Demi Noire, Deux Ailes, Didi Derriere, Dusty Limits,

Edd Muir, Electra, Eliza DeLite, Elliot Mason, Em Brulee, Fancy Chance, Felicity Furore,

Good Ness Gracious, Havana Hurricane, Hazel Honeysuckle,

Jamie Double, Joe Black, Jolie Papillon, Josephine Shaker,

Kiki DeVille, Kiki Lovechild, Kitty Bang Bang,

Lada Redstar, Lady Wildflower, Laurie Hagen, Lena Mae, Leggy Pee,

Lili La Scala, Lilly SnatchDragon, Lolo Brow, Lou on the Rocks, Luna Rosa,

Mat Ricardo, Mighty Moustache, Millie Dollar, Missy Fatale, Missy Macabre,

Missy Malone, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Mysti Vine,

Reuben Kaye, Rod Laver, Snookie Mono, Sophia St Villier, Stage Door Johnny, Storm Hooper,

Teta Maria, The Tom Show, Tina T’Urner Tea Lady, Tricity Vogue,

Ulrike Storch, Velma Von Bon Bon, Vicky Butterfly, Virgin Xtravaganzah