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ESP REVIEW: CABARET AT THE NEW THEATRE

The multi-award-winning production of the musical Cabaret is back in Peterborough. Don’t miss it this time around!

Put down the knitting, the book and the broom. Life is Cabaret, old chum, come to the Cabaret. That’s exactly what I did last night, sat amongst a packed-out audience at the New Theatre in  Peterborough.

Bill Kenwright’s revival of Kander and Ebb’s iconic musical is set in the heyday of Berlin – the party capital of Europe, offering every vice you could wish for.

It begins on New Year’s Eve (1931) at the seedy Kit Kat Klub – where the aspiring American writer Cliff Bradshaw (Charles Hagerty) becomes drawn to the glamorous English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles (Kara Lily Hayworth). Lust runs through their veins instantly.

Sparks are also flying between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider (Anita Harris) and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz (James Paterson), a charming Jewish fruit vendor.

Sadly, all parties must come to an end and relationships will be tested as the Nazis rise to power.

Cabaret focuses on several plots at once and our host Emcee (played brilliantly by award-winning actor John Partridge) is the glue that holds the narrative together. The Eastenders’ actor embodied the sleaze of the club scene perfectly thrusting his crotch and flipping the bird to the audience. He stole every scene he was in.

Every performer on stage gave this their all and sang the iconic songs beautifully with stunning choreography. It was also a pleasure to see the band on stage and really elevated the show.

It’s definitely not for the easily offended. With nudity, strong language and dark adult themes, Cabaret is stated as being for those that are 13+, however a comment I’ve seen posted online a few times is that this rating should perhaps be higher.

Other recurring comments include how much people loved the show – and I couldn’t agree more. Cabaret has won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Musical Revival amongst others and I can see why. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and as for that dramatic finale… you could hear a pin drop in that auditorium.

There was a complete and eery silence right up until the rapturous applause and well-deserved standing ovation.

Shows are running until Saturday January 25. Book your tickets at www.newtheatre-peterborough.com

ESP RATING – 4.5/5

Mikey Clarke

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