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Racy photographs of scantily-clad women posing as 'living statues' reveal how one London theatre exploited a legal loophole of the 1950s to get around a law that stated, 'if it moves, it's rude.'
Dancers at the Windmill Theatre in Soho, wearing costumes that left little to the imagination, were permitted to bare all as long as they stood completely still.
Breach - Licensing - Regulations - Time - Performances
They were not allowed to move, because this would have been a breach of licensing regulations at the time over naked performances.
As a result, men from across the globe savoured the delights of the venue in central London, and there would often be fights over front row seats as they battled for the best views.
Images - Acrobats - Dancers - Stage - Others
Some of the images feature acrobats and dancers who took to the stage, while others show women stood on podiums with nothing to protect their modesty.
The theatre mixed erotic productions with performances from comedians including Peter Sellers, Bruce Forsyth and Tony Hancock.
Arrival - Hardcore - Strip - Clubs - End
However, the arrival of hardcore strip clubs at the end of the 1950s and the free love, liberal attitude of the 1960s made nude 'living statues' seem old-fashioned and the theatre was closed in 1964.
It was turned into a cinema for 30 years, but was restored as a gentleman's club in 1994...
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