The revival of Kander & Ebb’s classic musical ‘Cabaret’ starring Eddie Redmayne as the Emcee and Jessie Buckley as Sally Bowles has been trailed for months now, but finally tickets are on sale for its November 15 to March 6 run. And if for some reason you have no joy this time, a second release is due in September.
It’s not just any West End show, mind, with a special immersive venue, The Kit Kat Club. This is in fact the Playhouse Theatre, down by Embankment, but heavily modified, with an intimate reduced capacity and drinks, dining and other entertainment available before the show. The general gist, we assume, is that the theatre has been turned into the club that the musical is set in.
One of the greatest musicals of the twentieth century, ‘Cabaret’ is set at a club in anything-goes Weimar Germany, where the Emcee presides over a roster of oddballs including Sally, an English singer of limited talents who starts a relationship with a young American against the backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power.
Apparently a role Redmayne has coveted for yonks, the progressively more sinister Emcee is the polar opposite of his posh, clean-cut image and should show us a very different side to Herr Eddie.
The production will be directed by Rebecca Frecknall, best known for her revelatory take on Tennessee Williams’s ‘Summer and Smoke’.
You can buy tickets to ‘Cabaret’ here.