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Stage Editorial

cabaret19.jpg Divine decadence, darlings

Is ‘Cabaret’ the greatest stage musical of all time? There’s certainly a case to be made for it. And Bill Kenwright’s award-winning production is coming to the Sunderland Empire in January.

Dark, funny, thrilling and shocking – has any other musical packed the same punch as ‘Cabaret’? (And have tight black leather lederhosen ever been worn with such elan?) It’s 1931, the fringes of Berlin are moving centre stage and Sally Bowles is all set to take the stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub. In this production John Partridge is the Emcee. Winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2018, Partridge is well known to TV audiences as EastEnders’ charismatic Christian Clarke and is one of West End theatre’s most prolific leading men. Filling Sally Bowles’ stockings is Kara Lily Hayworth. This follows on from her spectacular performance in the title role of ‘Cilla: The Musical’, which was revered by both critics and audiences alike. They are joined by Anita Harris, who rose to fame as a singer in the 1960s and is real stalwart of the stage, starring most notably as Grizabella in the West End’s ‘Cats’. A theatrical tour-de-force like no other, come hear the music play.

Cabaret, Tuesday 28 January-Saturday 1 February, Sunderland Empire, 7.30pm (mats Wed, Thurs and Sat, 2.30pm), from £13. atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire