19:15, Thu 2nd February 2017 at Royal Court Theatre
19:30, Sun 5th February 2017 at Noël Coward Theatre
19:30, Wed 8th February 2017 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
14:45, Thu 9th February 2017 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
18:15, Sun 12th February 2017 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Lent Week 2 to Week 4
Cabaret is a musical based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1966 Broadway production became a hit and spawned a 1972 film as well as numerous subsequent productions.
It is based on John Van Druten's 1951 play I Am a Camera, which in turn was adapted from the 1939 short novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw.
A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub which serves as a constant metaphor for the tenuous and threatening state of late Weimar Germany throughout the show.