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What's Cabaret about?

The legendary musical Cabaret is finally returning to London!

Berlin, 1929. Two love stories intertwine: the first between a penniless American novelist (Clifford Bradshaw) and a British cabaret singer (Sally Bowles); and a second between a Jewish fruit seller and the owner of a boarding house. The story, which takes place between 1929 and 1930, depicts Berlin nightlife during the golden age of jazz, against the backdrop of the rise of Nazi ideology.

The action is overseen by the master of ceremonies of the Kit Kat Klub. This cabaret, where Sally Bowles works, is a metaphor for this chaotic and decadent period between the two world wars.

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Why should you see Cabaret?

Cabaret is a musical created in 1966 at the Broadhurst Theater in New York. It had more than 1000 performances during this first run. The success was such that the show was brought to London in 1968 with Judi Dench in the leading female role. Since then, Cabaret has returned to London fives times, New York three times and a film adaptation by Bob Fosse with Liza Minnelli in the female title role. The 1993 British revival, directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre), marked the history of the show.

Cabaret was written by Joe Masteroff (libretto), John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics). Ten years later, Kander and Ebb would create another legendary musical, Chicago. These two shows are intimately linked by shared themes, a particular aesthetic and choreography by the genius Bob Fosse.

The musical is based on the play I Am a Camera by John Van Druten in 1951, which in turn is based on Christopher Isherwood's semi-autobiographical novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939). It won no less than twelve Tony Awards, including those for Best Musical and best Revival, but also ten Olivier Awards, including one for Best Revival.

Far from the exuberance that Broadway usually shows, the dark and intimate side of Cabaret probably makes it one of the best musicals of all time. Come and discover songs that have become cult: Wilkommen, Don't Tell Mama, Mein Herr, Maybe This Time, Money and of course Cabaret!

The revival currently playing in London offers a resolutely contemporary and immersive staging of this great classic. Without giving too much away, we can say that the Playhouse Theatre, which hosts the show, has been renamed the Kit Kat Club and reorganized into a circular and intimate room with 550 seats where spectators can dine before the show. We recommend that you come early to explore every corner of the room. Don't wait for the curtain to lift: the show begins as soon as you arrive at the Kit Kat Club!

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Two hours of fantastic entertainment,! The show is spectacular with fantastic performers. You feel the atmosphere of Berlin in the 1930s. Every detail is perfect. From the pre-show until the finale there is never a dull moment . The only remark I would have is the German needs Some polishing. I strongly recommend this show.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Alain, the 21/08/2023

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"Another classic musical. ""Cabaret"" is both a small story within a big story (of the rise of Nazism) and an ode to freedom. The setting of the cabaret encourages joy, debauchery, pleasure, celebration. We could get carried away by the atmosphere, by the music, by the frenzy, guided by the formidable master of ceremonies. But we are overtaken by history and the horror of the rise of Nazism, which contaminates society, taking it on a journey towards hell.
Wilkomenn, bienvenue, welcome... to the Cabaret!"
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Darren, the 02/04/2023

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The staging by Rebecca Frecknall is absolutely incredible, having seen several versions of Cabaret, I'm never afraid of being disappointed but the originality and the refined atmosphere was thrilling.
The performers are great, I've got a big crush on Aimee Lou Wood and Vivien Parry.
The immersive Kit Kat Klub right from the entrance is also a plus, the place is magical and the stage design which uses a turntable lends itself perfectly to the ingenuity of this sublime show.
Absolutely thrilled, I recommend this musical to everyone, a must see!!!
I intend to see it again as soon as I can come back to London.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Bethan, the 31/03/2023

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A musical made famous and almost untouchable after the 1972 film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, this cult show, set in 1930s in Berlin and with the rise of Nazism, is as rebellious and cheeky as it is serious and terrifying. The stars are a feast for the eyes, they also shine a light on the darkness of this moment. Emcee, master of ceremonies, radiant and monstrous, disturbing, shapeless, powerful... He is the impassive observer of the tragedies that occur and resemble each other, obligatory numbers in history. "Life is a cabaret", sings Sally Bowles......
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Douglas, the 29/03/2023

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Forget the Bob Fosse film with Liza Minnelli. You won't find his dance numbers here - too bad but so much the better. Here you'll find an almost immersive and modern experience. You'll enter through the Cabaret basement, among androgynous creatures from a fabulous pre-show with hints of prohibition (don't come with young children). The costumes, the room resembling a real cabaret, the characters take you back to the Weimar Germany made fantastical. This is a respectful reimagining of the text. And the singing is divine. The emotions will grip you. And at the end, you'll believe in it, know it and live it: Nazism won. Stepping out of this room and back into reality is almost as overwhelming as the show. One of the most beautiful musical recreations you can see in London right now.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Clive, the 27/03/2023

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Frequently asked questions

Tickets for Cabaret start at £49 per seat, depending on the performance date and seats chosen.

Cabaret is playing at Kit Kat Club. The address is: Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5DE London.

Cabaret is around 2:45 long, including the intermission.

Based on the information we have at the moment, Cabaret will run until 01/02/2025. There's always a possibility that the production will extend their run.

Lots of musicals are family shows designed to appeal to children! However, please be aware that the theatre have set a minimum age of 12 to see Cabaret.

To get cheap tickets for Cabaret in London, you can visit the TKTS London last-minute box office for on the day tickets. However, as Cabaret is one of the most popular shows, it's very likely that TKTS may not have any seats available for this show.

If you want to see a specific show or if you have limited flexiblity in terms of dates, or want to secure a good seat, we recommend booking your tickets online ahead of time. By booking in advance, you'll end up with much better seats and see your favourite shows on a date that suits you.

Depending on the theatre, you'll be offered several ways to get your tickets during payment:

  • Collect my tickets at the theatre. Please come to the box office counters at the theatre 30 minutes before the performance begins with the booking confirmation email. You'll be asked to show ID or the bank card of the person who booked the tickets.
  • Send me my tickets by email. Go directly to the entrance 20 minutes before the start of the performance with your PDF tickets (printed or displayed on mobile).

Every theatre has been renovated recently with evey seat giving you a good view of the stage. However, the further you are from the stage, the further you are from the magic. The seats marked by a half-coloured circle indicate less good visibility (these seats are often at the back and so you can't see the whole set). We recommend avoiding them when selecting your seats.

We accept most bank cards via our secure payment system (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Ticket prices are set by theatres and productions. Even though the majority of musicals are suitable for children, there is no preferential child ticket.

Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless in the event of force majeure (the performance is cancelled or interrupted). If this is the case, the theatre or event organiser will contact you to begin the refund process.

An advertised actor can be replaced by another actor without any prior warning. Unfortunately, this is not a valid reason for requesting a refund.

Taking photos and videos is generally prohibited in theatres.

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