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Stage Editorial

marlene19.jpg Dietrich rides again

The outrageously talented Peter Groom is bringing one of Hollywood’s greatest stars back to life in ‘Marlene Dietrich: Live in Gateshead’, which is coming to Sage Gateshead in December.

Marlene Dietrich was one of the most enigmatic and alluring stars who ever lived. She became big in her native Germany during the 1920s, culminating in her breakout film role as Lola-Lola in ‘The Blue Angel’ (where she sang what would become her signature song ‘Falling in Love Again’). On the strength of its international success she moved to Hollywood where she appeared in classics such as ‘Morocco’ (best remembered for the sequence in which she performs a song dressed in a man’s white tie and kisses another woman), ‘Shanghai Express’, ‘Blonde Venus’, and the fab western-comedy ‘Destry Rides Again’. Peter Groom – who hails from Newcastle – has already scored a big hit with his Dietrich show ‘Natural Duty’, an intoxicating cabaret about the life of this legend. For this brand new production he is drawing inspiration from the star’s iconic solo show, performed internationally during her last years in the limelight. And besides singing some of Dietrich’s most memorable numbers, Groom will also reimagine classics from the Great American Songbook, as well as some festive tunes. Gig of the month? I’m calling it! (The night is being presented by Sage Gateshead and Curious Arts.)

Marlene Dietrich: Live in Gateshead, Wednesday 18 December, Sage Gateshead, 8pm, £10. sagegateshead.com