Cabaret

Playhouse Theatre, London
Cabaret
Playhouse Theatre, London
Our Review 3 / 5

From November 2021, Hollywood stars Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley will welcome audiences to the cabaret, as West End venue the Playhouse Theatre is transformed into the Kit Kat Club. Rebecca Frecknall directs Kander and Ebb’s iconic musical, and competition for tickets will be fierce, so keep checking back: Cabaret tickets will be available on London Theatre soon.

Redmayne leads the company as the provocative Emcee, a role originated by Joel Grey. As well as his big-screen outings in the Fantastic Beasts movies, an Oscar-winning turn in The Danish Girl, and, proving his musical chops, Les Misérables, Redmayne has proven an adept theatre performer in productions like Richard II and Red, the latter netting him Olivier and Tony Awards. However, this is his first — and much-anticipated — professional performance in a stage musical.

He’ll be joined by rising star Jessie Buckley as Sally Bowles. Buckley was most recently seen in the National Theatre’s filmed production of Romeo and Juliet, as well as in films Wild Rose, Judy, and I’m Thinking of Ending Things, and TV series Fargo and Chernobyl. Rebecca Frecknall, whose luminous production of Tennessee Willliams’s Summer and Smoke at the Almeida won an Olivier Award, will direct this Cabaret London run, with Tom Scutt providing set and costume design, and Julia Cheng choreography. 

This new Cabaret West End production promises to be a very special audience experience. The Playhouse will be reconfigured to seat viewers in the round, creating more intimacy and immersing us in the action — and limiting capacity to just 550. 

It’s an exciting chance to discover, or revisit, Kander and Ebb’s still hugely resonant musical. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s short stories and John Van Druten’s play, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s show is set in early 1930s Berlin, where American writer Cliff Bradshaw meets English cabaret singer Sally Bowles, a performer at the Kit Kat Club. But the rise of Nazism threatens this hedonistic Weimar Republic haven. 

The celebrated Cabaret musical opened on Broadway in November 1966, directed by Harold Prince, and has been a hit on both stage and screen, with Bob Fosse’s film version, starring Liza Minnelli, winning eight Oscars. Dame Judi Dench led the original West End version, and, in 1993, Sam Mendes’ Donmar Warehouse production, starring Jane Horrocks and Alan Cumming, was greatly acclaimed. Cumming returned for the 2014 Broadway revival, which starred first Michelle Williams, then Emma Stone, and finally Sienna Miller. 

Cabaret’s enduring success is partly down to its indelible score, with songs like “Wilkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Meir Herr,” “Money,” and, or course, the great torch song “Maybe This Time.” Tickets for the West End revival of Cabaret will be available on London Theatre soon.

Previews from |
15th November 2021
Opening date |
15th November 2021
Available until |
16th April 2022
Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
as The Emcee

15 Nov 2021 to 16 Apr 2022

Jessie Buckley
Jessie Buckley
as Sally Bowles

15 Nov 2021 to 16 Apr 2022

By:
Joe Masteroff
Director:
Rebecca Frecknall
Songs by:
John Kander and Fred Ebb
Lighting:
Nick Lidster
Design:
Tom Scutt
Choreography:
Julia Cheng
Costume:
Tom Scutt
Cast list:
Eddie Redmayne, Jessie Buckley, Omari Douglas, Liza Sadovy, Elliot Levey, Stewart Clarke, Anna-Jane Casey, Josh Andrews, Emily Benjamin, Sally Frith, Matthew Gent, Emma Louise Jones, Ela Lisondra, Theo Maddix, Chris O’Mara, Daniel Perry, Andre Refig, Christopher Tendai, Bethany Terry, Lillie-Pearl Wildman and Sophie Maria Wojna.

Playhouse Theatre Venue Information

Address:
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE
Nearest tube:
Embankment

Customer reviews

Our Review of Cabaret

3/5

It is almost 6 years ago to the day that I first saw this version of 'Cabaret' directed by Rufus Norris. Not very much has changed in the intervening period, though the show has now made its way eastwards, having started at the Lyric and now firmly in residence at the Savoy Theatre. The move obviously presented the opportunity to change things quite radically, but the creative team has declined the offer (apart from some tweaks) and opted to stick with the original formula which... Read more

Latest Cabaret News & Features

Photo credit: Artwork, Anna-Jane Casey, Elliot Levey and Omari Douglas (Photos by Joel Palmer and headshots courtesy of Cabaret)
‘Cabaret’ full casting announced, joining Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley
Monday, 06 September, 2021, 12:22
Ahead of a star-studded Cabaret revival in London, the full casting has been confirmed. Cabaret is at a renovated Playhouse Theatre, named the Kit Kat Club from 15 November.  The full cast join the previously announced Eddie Redmayne as The Emcee and Jessie Buckley as Sally Bowles. Read more about Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley in Cabaret here.  Omari Douglas will play the role of Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret. Currently starring in Constellations opposite...
Photo credit: Cabaret artwork (Photo by Joel Palmer)
Dates announced for 'Cabaret', starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley
Thursday, 15 July, 2021, 10:28
Following news that the Playhouse Theatre will be transformed for the upcoming revival of Cabaret in London, further details have been confirmed. Cabaret, starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley, will begin performances at the Playhouse Theatre from 15 November, with Cabaret tickets on sale next week. As previously named, Eddie Redmayne will play the Emcee and Jessie Buckley will play Sally Bowles. Further casting is to be announced. For the Cabaret ...
Photo credit: Playhouse Theatre (Photo by Edson Chilundo on Flickr under CC 2.0)
Playhouse Theatre to be transformed for 'Cabaret' as in-the-round theatre
Thursday, 10 June, 2021, 17:22
Following news that Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley will star in Cabaret, further details on the venue have been confirmed. The Playhouse Theatre will be renovated into an in-the-round space to stage Cabaret, ahead of performances beginning from November 2021. Details on Cabaret tickets at the Playhouse Theatre are to be announced. A planning application has been submitted to Westminster City Council which details refurbishment work at the Playhouse Theatre ahead...
Photo credit: Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley (Photos courtesy of RAW PR)
Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley to star in ‘Cabaret’
Friday, 21 May, 2021, 10:15
Following speculation that a West End revival of Cabaret was in the works, details on Cabaret have now been confirmed. Cabaret will now begin performances at the Kit Kat Club from November 2021, starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley. The Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne will play the Emcee. Previously, he’s starred in Red, Richard II and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and Cabaret will be Redmayne’s first West End role in a decade. Jessie Buckley...
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