I can't believe I was a doubter. A burlesque/cabaret overload during the last few years had left me numb to the lure of La Clique, when it opened in October last year.
Within minutes of the show, I felt like apologising to each of the performers, my friends, family and audience for having lumped these extraordinary entertainers in with some of the half boiled stuff that's been going around town.
Housed in Leicester Square's Hippodrome, which looks nothing like the sweaty flesh-pit I last visited 10 years ago, the run has thankfully been extended until April. For the couple sitting next to me it was their fourth time and they were no less excited. The atmosphere was more like an extraordinary house party, La Clique taking such a personal approach to performance that you felt a temporary togetherness with your fellow man.
If that sounds a bit much, it's only because it was. By the end of the first half (which exploded through acts by the Irish singer-storyteller Camille; Australian acrobat duo The English Gentlemen; Spanish-English Ursula Martinez; Norse contortionist Captain Frodo; Freddie Mercury wannabe Mario and more) my face was tingling from hyperventilating - I'd gasped and laughed so much.
Unlike polished spectacles such as Cirque De Soleil, La Clique's antics go beyond the acrobatics and into a realm of spontaneity and danger that is perfectly punctured by their immaculate comic timing.
I'll have to spare more of the details to safeguard the surprise.
But buy right and you can end up in the front row for £10, so please, please don't make the same mistake I did and forget about La Clique.
La Clique is at The Hippodrome, Leicester Square, until April 19. £10-45. 8pm, 10.30 late night on Fri and Sat. Contains nudity. Call 020 7907 7097.