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Cabaret but not as we know it in Marrakech

The traditionally Islamic city of Marrakech would be the last place you would find a European style extravaganza like Les Folies de Marrakech.

But Claude Thomas” cabaret revue show in Morocco”s "Red City" has been artistically redesigned to remove the possibility of offending patrons.

Launched in May 2008, Les Folies de Marrakech is an unusual and refreshing marriage of western decadence and Islam.

The 49-year-old entrepreneur arrived in Marrakech in 2006 after selling his cabaret in France and with some help from his cousin he bought a sizeable plot of land.

According to News 24, construction then began on a 2,000 square metre hall capable of hosting 1,100 for a dinner-show costing 550 dirhams (£39).

Thomas auditioned over 300 people from across Morocco before picking 47 performers – of which 12 were women aged 17 to 32 – to take part in the production which lasts around 90 minutes and includes acrobats, magicians, acrobats, dance, music and comedy.

The troupe also serve as consultants giving important suggestions as to what is acceptable and what to avoid but on the issue of gender equality, Thomas had a clear opinion and refused a directive to have only women clear the tables.

"I respect your religion. I”ve created a prayer room. But here everyone is an artist regardless of their gender," he said.

The end result is 100 per cent Folies and 100 per cent Moroccan.

Marrakech – Be entertained by snake charmers in the old Medina or take a day to explore the Atlas Mountains.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18773105-ADNFCR

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