‘Willkommen’: London Revival of Cabaret, starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley, opens December 12


The Rebecca Frecknall-directed production of the 1966 Broadway musical, Tony Winner Cabaret officially opens December 12 at the Kit Kat Club in London (the refurbished Playhouse Theater) with Oscar winner Tony and Olivier Eddie Redmayne as master of ceremonies with stage and screen favorite Jessie Buckley in the role of Sally Bowles. Previews began on November 15.

The cast also includes Omari Douglas as Cliff Bradshaw, Liza Sadovy as Fraulein Schneider, Elliot Levey as Herr Schultz, Stewart Clarke as Ernst Ludwig and Anna-Jane Casey as Fraulein. Kost with 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.


Omari Douglas and Jessie Buckley in Cabaret

Marc Brenner

The London production also includes a new addition: a prologue company of nine actors, dancers and musicians, which welcomes audiences to the club world upon their arrival at the theater. The Prologue Company consists of Gabriela Bendetti, Rachel Benson, Laura Braid, Julian Capolei, Hollie Cassar, Celine Fortenbacher-Popławska, Samantha Ho, Andrew Linnie and Sally Swanson with an original score composed by Angus MacRae.

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Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, Cabaret has music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Joe Masteroff.

The creative team includes set and costume designer Tom Scutt, choreographer Julia Cheng, music director Jennifer Whyte, lighting designer Isabella Byrd and sound designer Nick Lidster. The cast is by Stuart Burt, with Jordan Fein as associate director.

Redmayne won a Tony and an Olivier Award in 2010 for his work in the John Logan play Red. Five years later he would win an Oscar for The theory of everything; he was also nominated the following year for Danish girl. He’s no stranger to the role of master of ceremonies, having taken on the role made famous by Joel Gray in an Edinburgh Fringe production in 2001.

Buckley, a star of the musical theater competition series I would do anything, returns to the UK scene after starring in A little night music. She recently starred in the filmed presentation of the National Theater of Romeo and Juliet. Her additional screen credits include Wild rose, i’m thinking of ending things, and Judy.

Cabaret is produced by Ambassador Theater Group Productions and Underbelly. Visit KitKat.club for more information and tickets.

(Updated December 12, 2021)


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