Cabaret at the Palace TheatreKristy Stott, Theatre Editor
This February the multi-award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s monumental musical, Cabaret arrives at the Palace Theatre Manchester. Directed by National Theatre Director Rufus Norris, this sensational show has enjoyed two acclaimed West End runs at The Savoy and The Lyric theatres. Promising “divine decadence, darling”, we think this show is absolutely unmissable.
Expect dazzling costumes, show-stopping numbers and attitude aplenty.
Cabaret first debuted on Broadway in November 1966. Winner of eight Tony Awards – the production was a huge hit – inspiring many subsequent productions and an Academy-Award winning film adaptation (1972), starring Liza Minnelli and directed by Bob Fosse.
Set in 1931 during the rise of the Nazis in Weimar Germany, Cabaret tells the story of American writer, Clifford Bradshaw who comes to Berlin and meets cabaret performer, Sally Bowles at the infamous Kit Kat Klub.
Cabaret feels like a musical for our time.
Packed with glitzy costumes and glamorous performance, the production tells a deeper story and one that seems as relevant today as it was 54 years ago. While on the surface, the show dazzles, the narrative is set to a dangerous political backdrop. Tackling themes like antisemitism, far-right politics and the resulting polarised and volatile society – historically haunting and politically powerful – Cabaret feels like a musical for our time.
Starring John Partridge as Emcee, ringmaster to the racy Kit Kat Klub dance troupe, and Kara Lily Hayworth as Sally Bowles, who recently garnered rave reviews as Cilla Black in Cilla the Musical. The musical features the iconic songs ‘Money Makes the World Go Round’, ‘Maybe This Time’ and ‘Cabaret’.
Expect ravishing costumes, show-stopping numbers and attitude aplenty. Classic musical theatre really doesn’t get any better than Cabaret.