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Oxford Street, Manchester, North West M1 6FT

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Closed February 29, 2020

The most stunningly fresh and imaginative revival of a classic musical that I have ever seen

The Independent

Why See Cabaret?


In Here, life is beautiful

Put down the knitting, the book, and the broom and come to the cabaret! 2020 sees a brand new tour Kander and Ebb's showstopping musical, directed by the National Theatre's Rufus Norris. Starring Celebrity Masterchef winner John Patridge as the wickedly funny Emcee, Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla Black the Musical) as the vivacious Sally Bowles and Anita Harris as Fraulein Schneider, it's time to head down to the smoky surround of the Kit Kat Club for a night of song, dance and hedonism!

What is the story?

A doomed romance in a city that dances on the edge of oblivion, Cabaret is one of the true classics of musical theatre, weaving together strands of debauchery and terror to capture a moment in time, that despite the warning, is ever in danger of being repeated.

Featuring Kander and Ebb's unforgettable music (including 'Wilkomen' 'Maybe This Time' and of course, the titular 'Cabaret') and a book by Joe Masteroff, (based on the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood,) it is the story of an American writer and an entrancing showgirl who find themselves in Weimar era Berlin, as the shadow of fascism grows in the country. From inside the decadence of the Kit Kat club, they and their fellow artists, creatives, freaks and weirdos attempt to eek every last bit of freedom before the Nazis take over.

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Opening night: 25 February 2020

Cast and Creative


John Patridge as Emcee
Kara Lily Hayworth as Sally Bowles
Anita Harris as Fraulein Schneider
Basienka Blake as Fraulein Kost
Charles Hagerty as Cliff Bradshaw
James Paterson as Herr Schultz
Nick Tizzard as Ernst Ludwig

Gemma Archer, Joseph Dockree, Francis Foreman, Sophie Hirst, Mary Hodgkinson, Sara Morely, Hannah Nicholas, Oliver Roll, Ben Rutter, Catherine Saunders and Tom Scanlon


Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Rufus Norris
Design by Katrina Lindsay
Choreography by Javier De Frutos

What you thought

2 reviews, average rating: (3.5 Stars)

3.5 star rating

Paul: “Stunning voices.”

Stunning vocals, beautifully passionately acted, slick choreography, musical... more

Scott Philips: “Very average performances!”

I have seen every version of this from its original production by Rufuss... more

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