Here is the first look at ex-pop star and Strictly favourite Louise Redknapp (making her stage debut as Sally Bowles) and former Pop Idol Will Young (once again playing the Emcee) in this autumn’s nationwide tour of Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of Cabaret.
Opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 21 September, Norris’ multi award-winning production is presented by Bill Kenwright, the tour will visit Blackpool, Cardiff, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Salford, Edinburgh, Bromley and Brighton.
Ever since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, Will Young has been one of the UK’s most popular and successful music artists. He holds the record for the fastest-selling debut single in British chart history, and has enjoyed a successful career in music with four No. 1 albums, as well as acting alongside Judi Dench in the film Mrs Henderson Presents. Young made his West End debut in Cabaret and will be reprising his award-winning performance.
Louise Redknapp rose to fame as a member of the girl group Eternal. She left the band to carve out a successful solo career achieving an impressive 12 Top 20 singles, including the hits ‘Naked’ and ‘Stuck in the Middle’ and selling over five million records with five albums. She most recently wowed the nation with her dancing skills finishing ‘runner-up’ in the 2016 series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Directed by National Theatre artistic director Norris and featuring the choreography of Javier de Frutos, the production has enjoyed two West End runs at the Lyric (in 2006) and the Savoy (in 2012) and collected two Olivier Awards.
Based on a 1939 book by Christopher Isherwood and a play by John Van Druten, Cabaret features music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.
The show’s Broadway debut in 1966 was followed by its first appearance in London’s West End two years later with Judi Dench taking on the role of Sally Bowles.
Bob Fosse’s film version in 1972 collected eight Oscars including the Best Actress Award for Liza Minnelli’s iconic and career-making performance as Sally Bowles.