Cabaret comes to the Capital

Jun 27 2013 | By More

Will Young reprises Emcee role in UK tour

Will Young as Emcee and company in the West End production of Cabaret. Photo © Keith Pattison

Will Young as Emcee and company in the West End production of Cabaret. Photo © Keith Pattison

By Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh will be saying “Willkommen, bienvenue and welcome” to Will Young in October, as the touring version of the West End revival of Cabaret arrives in the capital.

Young stars as the Emcee, for which he was nominated for the Best Actor in a Musical award at this year’s Oliviers, with director Rufus Norris’s production also nominated in the Best Musical Revival category. In the event, both show and star lost out to Sweeney Todd – with Michael Ball in the title role.

Cabaret, with a book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by  Fred Ebb, features some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including Money Makes the World Go Round, Two Ladies and of course Cabaret. The production turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sassy, sizzling haven of decadence. And at its dark heart are the notorious Emcee and sassy Sally Bowles, who perform nightly at the infamous Kit Kat Klub.

The UK tour open at the New Wimbledon Theatre in September and arrives at the King’s for a week-long stay on Monday 21 October.

Since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2002, Young has enjoyed a successful and varied career as a singer and an actor. He appeared alongside Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins in Stephen Frears’ 2005 movie Mrs Henderson Presents. Incidentally, Dench stared in the London premiere of Cabaret in 1968, gaining excellent notices as Sally Bowles.

The role of Sally Bowles was given its definitive performance in the 1972 film of Cabaret, in which Joel Grey reprised the role of Emcee. The film is one of those rare occasions where a musical adaptation for the cinema is regarded as an improvement on the original.

The touring production is directed by Rufus Norris, designed by Katrina Lindsay and choreographed by Javier De Frutos. Full casting has yet to be announced.

Mon 21 to Sat 26 October 2013, 7.30pm (Wed, Sat, mat 2.30pm).
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Tickets:

Cabaret on tour in 2013

28 – 31 August Wimbledon
New Wimbledon Theatre
0844 817 7646 Book online
2 – 7 September Liverpool
Empire Theatre
0844 817 3017 Book online
9 – 14 September Manchester
Opera House
0844 817 3018 Book online
17 – 21 September Bristol
Hippodrome Theatre
0844 817 3012 Book online
23 – 28 September Bradford
Alhambra Theatre
01274 432 000 Book online
1 – 5 October Eastbourne
Congress Theatre
01323 412000 Book online
15 – 19 October Blackpool
Opera House
0844 856 1111 Book online
21 – 26 October Edinburgh
King’s Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
29 October – 2 November Dublin
Gaiety Theatre
0818 719 388 Book online
5 – 9 November Oxford
New Theatre
0844 817 3020 Book online
12 – 16 November Tunbridge Wells
Assembly Hall Theatre
01892 530613 Book online
18 – 23 November Hull
New Theatre
01482 300 300 Book online
26 – 30 November Wolverhampton
Grand Theatre
01902 429212 Book online
4 – 8 December Brighton
Brighton Centre
01273 290 131 Book online


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  1. Thom Dibdin says:

    Added links to live booking pages for Wimbledon, Liverpool, Manchester, Blackpool, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton.

    Will add the rest as they go on sale.