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19th November 2019 - 23rd November 2019
Bill Kenwright presents the multi-award winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical, Cabaret.
Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris, the production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs at The Lyric and The Savoy theatres. Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs Money Makes The World Go Round, Maybe This Time, Cabaret and more.
Since its Broadway premiere and the movie version with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, Cabaret has won numerous stage and screen awards including 8 Oscars, 7 BAFTAs and 13 Tonys.
It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub…
Starring as Emcee is John Partridge, winner of Celebrity Masterchef 2018, well known to TV audiences as EastEnders’ charismatic Christian Clarke and one of West End theatre’s most prolific leading men (A Chorus Line, Chicago, and La Cage Aux Folles). Kara Lily Hayworth stars as the iconic Sally Bowles following her spectacular performance in the title role of Cilla The Musical which was revered by both critics and audiences alike. They are joined by Anita Harris, who first rose to fame as a singer in the 1960s and has appeared both on screen (Follow That Camel and Carry on Doctor) and on stage, most notably as Grizelda in the West End’s Cats.
Suitable for ages 14+
Running time: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes, including interval.
Production photographs by ©The Other Richard
Choice Radio Worcester
"Life is a cabaret, old chum" - or so they say. Certainly in the post Great War era in Berlin, a period of severe austerity was offset for some by a life which was decadent in the extreme whilst for others, it was the calm before the Nazi storm.
It is this dichotomy which is ever-present in the new touring production of Cabaret which is directed by The National Theatre's Artistic Director, Rufus Norris and which stars John Partridge as Emcee, Kara Lily Hayworth as Sally Bowles, Anita Harris as Fräulein Schneider and Charles Hagerty as the "world famous American novelist" Cliff Bradshaw. The rest of the cast is made up of James Patterson as Herr Schultz, Nick Tizzard as Ernst Ludwig and Basienka Blake as Fräulein Kost, backed up by eleven superbly energetic and gymnastic ensemble players (luckily, as they have to catch the cast as they fall from the scaffolding!).
From the very start, the naïve Bradshaw is set up by Ludwig but whilst being glad of the money having arrived almost Reichspfennig-less in the city, he has no idea of the effect of what he is doing to get it. His landlady - wonderfully played by Anita Harris - is meanwhile about to embark on a rather short relationship with the friendly local greengrocer Shultz. As a Jew, you know in hindsight that the future for him will be anything but bright. And in the colourful and glossy Cabaret club Kit Kat, well basically anything goes in a cocaine-fuelled uninhibited environment overseen by Emcee Partridge with Sally Bowles as the main attraction. Indeed, Partridge excels as the initially rather bizarre character whom you quickly warm to, with his unusual style, cheeky grin and nods to the audience.
Both the singing and dancing are superb, especially for Money Makes The World Go Round, with some excellent routines making the most of what is, in Malvern, not a huge stage though the production did also manage to fit the 8-piece band high up at the back of the set, which is always good to see, especially as Emcee at one point tries to conduct it!
Even if you have seen Cabaret before (or just seen the 1092 film), it is well worth a return visit for this is a spectacular show which perfectly manages the fine line between the exuberance of the night club scene and the depressing storyline of the rise of the Nazi party.
And without wishing to spoil the ending, you'll be both blown away and silenced by the sight that awaits you - a truly dramatic and symbolic ending to a show of extremes in every sense.
Brilliant. Very emotional, moving show. Excellent performances from everyone. Special mention to John Partridge. Amazing. Highly recommended. Heartbreaking.
Fabulous show John Partridge was superb. All the cast were brilliant. Very poignant ending I had tears. To some it up in one word WOW.
I don’t remember reading anywhere in your advertising material that there were scenes with nudity. I’m not a prude (although I was glad not to have invited my maiden aunt!) but I fail to see what it added to the performance generally. This should really be made clear in your brochures in case people don’t want to view such things (however impressive they might be - sailor near the beginning comes to mind!) There was a suggested age limit put on it but I really don’t think that’s sufficient warning.
Wow what an amazing performance, totally outstanding show massive credit to everyone involved, we absolutely Loved It ❤️?
A very powerful and poignant piece of theatre.Very relevant in todays world.
Brilliantly acted.Many congratulations to all concerned.