Funny Girls

Funny Girls is a burlesque cabaret showbar on the North Shore of Blackpool, Lancashire, England. The cast comprise male dancers and drag performers, and are part of Ellis Noble Leisure Ltd., owned by Basil Newby MBE.

Funny Girls
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Funny Girls is located in Blackpool
Funny Girls
Funny Girls
Location in Blackpool
Former namesBlackpool Odeon
LocationBlackpool, Lancashire, England
Coordinates53°49′16″N 3°03′05″W / 53.8211°N 3.0515°W / 53.8211; -3.0515Coordinates: 53°49′16″N 3°03′05″W / 53.8211°N 3.0515°W / 53.8211; -3.0515
OwnerBasil Newby
OperatorBasil Newby

The Funny Girls cast have performed on television and before royalty on the Royal Variety Performance twice,[1][2] they have also appeared in various television shows either to be interviewed, or where the Funny Girls showbar itself has been the backdrop, such as in the BBC Drama Blackpool.


The Funny Girls showbar is in what was once the Blackpool Odeon. When Basil Newby took over the old Odeon, he had it re-decorated in the traditional Art Deco style, and had both seating balcony and stalls changed into standing and seating areas for observing the show, as well as building several bars, and "Garbo's" Restaurant. The restaurant has a dine-and-show package, where you can have a meal before proceeding to your seats for the main Cabaret show. There has been a transformation from an old cinema into a period styled showbar and entertainment venue. Funny Girls has three areas for visitors, a downstairs area which is for standing room; these are nearest to the stage and the cheapest tickets, a raised area behind the seated area with booths for visitors to sit at their own table, with full "waitress" service by the "Bar Trannies" also known as the "Follies", these are the same price range as the balcony. The latter two areas are very popular, and usually need to be reserved months in advance.


Betty Legs Diamond Star of the show, choreographer and original 'Funny Girl'

DJ Zoe is the compere at Funny Girls

Celebrity visitorsEdit

Celebrities that have visited Funny Girls include:

Critical receptionEdit


  1. ^ [1], IMDb listing for Royal Variety Performers 2005
  2. ^ [2], IMDb listing for Royal Variety Performers 2004
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-03-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Official ITP Website

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