THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK Burlesque Parody Announces Summer Engagement, July 6-August 28


Today, internationally renowned The Empire undresses – the unauthorized Star Wars slapstick parody has announced an eight-week summer engagement at the Great Star Theater in San Francisco, from July 6 to August 28, 2022.

To celebrate the public sale, The Empire Strips Back will be hosting a party at the historic Great Star Theater on May 4, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. Star Wars fans in the San Francisco Bay Area are invited to don costumes and their favorite Star Wars outfit for free drinks and a chance to win tickets to The Empire Strips Back premiere in July. The party is free and open to everyone over 21; registration is mandatory. To register for the party and join the waitlist for tickets to The Empire Strips Back, visit

“The Force is strong in San Francisco. Not only is it the home of Star Wars, but the Bay Area has perhaps the most thriving burlesque scene in the country,” said Russall S. Beattie, creator of The Empire Strips. Back. “During our sold-out tours, we found the audience in San Francisco to be the loudest and funniest in all our years of international touring. another city to call his new home.”

Featuring all the classic Star Wars characters, The Empire Strips Back takes audiences to a galaxy far, far away, creating one of the most unforgettable (and unauthorized) theatrical versions of the beloved franchise. Blending striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and plenty of humor, audiences are transported into the world of burlesque to see a menacing troupe of seriously sexy Stormtroopers, a dangerously handsome Boba Fett, tantalizing Twi’leks, a Deliciously warm Taun Taun, a Skywalker, and of course, scantily clad and bold droids. Even Darth Vader will explore his feminine side with a fantasy twist. The Empire Strips Back celebrates the resurgence of burlesque, while providing a powerful experience for fans of this art form as well as the classic film series.

“Since the reopening of the Great Star Theatre, we have been thrilled to bring new audiences to Chinatown and share the culture and history surrounding our historic 97-year-old theatre,” said Roger Pincombe, Executive Director of the Great Star Theatre. . “The Empire Strips Back will be one of the biggest and most exciting productions the theater has seen in decades, and it will mark the start of a new era for the big star. I am delighted to welcome new audiences in Chinatown to experience all that our theater and community has to offer.”

First imagined in 2011 by creator Russall S. Beattie, the original production was booked into a small 150-seat venue in Sydney for a unique three-night run. Fast forward to seven sold-out Australian national tours, an enthusiastic audience of over 60,000 and a 2016 Huffington Post Video Feature with over 20 million viral views. On its last US tour, The Empire Strips Back was a sold-out success at prestigious venues, such as San Francisco’s Warfield, Los Angeles’ Wiltern and New York’s PlayStation Theater, with standing ovations. standing and rave reviews.

Russall and his production business partner, Craig Ridgwell, made a name for themselves on the Australian and London theater circuits; clients include HBO/Foxtel, Warner Bros, EB Games, Sydney Film Festival and Oz ComicCon. The two worked side by side for 10 years as creators and producers of live shows, achieving cult stardom for developing and promoting other internationally acclaimed slapstick parodies such as Dames of Throne, Biba Wizard of Oz, Batman Follies and Hail to The. King, all seen by thousands in sold-out cinemas across Australia.

The San Francisco Pledge of The Empire Strips Back is produced by Foster Entertainment and Neil Gooding Productions, presented in partnership with Fever and Secret San Francisco.


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