Blue plaque for Phyllis Dixey

Phyllis Dixey


Phyllis Dixey was a pioneering striptease performer whose daring routine pushed back the boundaries of public decency in 1940s Britian.

But a plan to honour Phyllis Dixey, the first stripper to appear in London’s West End, with an English Heritage blue plaque has met with fierce resistance.

The government  agency wants to place the award outside Dixey’s former home in an art deco mansion block in Surbiton, the district which became a byword for suburban respectability when it featured in the 1970s comedy The Good Life.

The plan has run into opposition from residents of Wentworth Court concerned about the attention the plaque would bring to the building.

Dixey, a music hall entertainer, lived in the block during the late 1930s, just before she found fame as the “Queen of Striptease”.

Her shows attracted the attentions of police and authorities but were eventually tolerated and her stripperperformances at the Whitehall Theatre became a fixture of wartime and post-war London.

The wording of the proposed plaque is: “Phyllis Dixey 1914 to 1964, Striptease Artiste lived here in flat number 15.”

English Heritage has contacted all residents in the block to get permission, but they have so far refused to grant it.

The residents’ association has suggested to English Heritage a different form of words, such as “burlesque” dancer – but its request has been turned down, on the grounds that burlesque describes an American tradition.

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